Introduction to Elements of Whakairo Design

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This course will introduce learners to the basic elements of toi whakairo by utilising foundational rangahau practice relevant to toi Māori and applying it through design, rote learning and making. It will encourage the engagement of learners by offering a variety of learning styles within a kaupapa wānanga environment that is interactive and practical in application.

This course is designed specifically to introduce and familiarise learners to basic elements of whakairo design including:

  • Introduction to tikanga practices associated with whakairo design

  • Relevant karakia, mōteatea and pūrakau

  • Maintenance, care and identification of relevant carving tools

  • Identification of the parts of the whare whakairo (carved meeting house)

  • Identification of basic form and whakarei

  • Manufacture and design of basic whakairo form

Courses and programmes may be cancelled, postponed or have their content or configuration changed from time to time (including during the academic year) at the discretion of NorthTec. Fees are an indication, include GST and apply to domestic students only. View terms and conditions

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Part time


10 weeks

Start Dates

1x full day per week

Kerikeri: 4 Oct 2021

Cost Incl. GST (Approx):

Domestic: Fees Free

International: Programme not open to international students

Phone 0800 162 100
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