Mauri Ora Course

Mauri Ora is a free, 12 month distance-learning programme run by Open Wananga that creates the foundation for cultural awareness and identity and broadens your knowledge of New Zealand history.

Please contact Open Wananga on http://www.openwananga.ac.nz or call free: 0800 37 37 37 for more information. This course is not run by NZAP.

Through Mauri Ora, both Maori and non-Maori achieve a greater understanding of the unique and fundamental culture that sets Aotearoa apart from other countries.

Mauri Ora

National Certificate in Maori (TeWaharoa) Level 2
Mauri Ora is a free, 12 month distance-learning programme that creates the foundation for cultural awareness and identity and broadens your knowledge of New Zealand history.

Through Mauri Ora, both Maori and non-Maori achieve a greater understanding of the unique and fundamental culture that sets Aotearoa apart from other countries.

Throughout the 12 months four kete (kits) full of learning resources will be sent to your home. Mauri Ora is part time and you decide on your hours of study, so it fits into any lifestyle. With fantastic learning materials you can read, watch and listen at your place, at your own pace.

You will be supported in your learning by a kaitiaki (support person] who will meet at your convenience to assist and motivate you through the programme.

On completion of Mauri Ora, you will receive the National Certificate in Maori (Level 2) which includes 26 New Zealand Qualification Authority unit standards.

The programme is available to all New Zealand citizens and permanent residents aged 18 years and over. Please contact Open Wananga on http://www.openwananga.ac.nz or call free: 0800 37 37 37 for more information.

What is Mauri Ora?

Mauri Ora looks at the history of New Zealand and explores the basics of the life and times of Maori culture. Key topics in the programme include Maori customs, protocols, practices and philosophies. Key historical events include migration, colonisation, the New Zealand wars, the Declaration of Independence and the Treaty of Waitangi.

Is Mauri Ora for me?

Mauri Ora is for every New Zealander – from the nurse that wants to understand more about the beliefs of his / her patients, to the urban Maori that wants to feel more confident on the marae. In our modern world, many New Zealanders feel they have become distanced from the culture woven into our country that makes us unique.

What’s involved?

Throughout the 12 months, four kete (kits), full of fantastic learning resources such as DVDs, books and CDs, will be sent to your home. To get the most out of your experience, the programme will take you about 10-12 hours per week.

What support is offered?

You will be supported in your learning by a kaitiaki (support person) who will assist and motivate you throughout the programme. They are approachable and non-judgmental and will visit you at a place of your convenience. The kaitiaki are allocated through our providers who are spread throughout the country. Our providers and kaitiaki offer the support and resources to help you from successful enrolment to programme completion.

What will Mauri Ora do for me?

  • On completion, you will receive the National Certificate in Maori (Te Waharoa) Level 2.
  • You will have a greater understanding of Maori culture and New Zealand history.
  • You have the freedom to learn in your own hours and at the place of your choice.
  • Your learning is supported by a kaitiaki.
  • You are provided with a wide variety of learning tools (working journals, CDs, DVDs, books).
  • You receive the resources, support and programme at no cost.