Foundation Certificate Tohu Tūāpapa Mātauranga

Would you like a career in Māori education or Māori language? This programme enables you to develop your proficiency in te reo Māori and gain eligibility to apply for admission to a range of Faculty of Education and Social Work undergraduate programmes. You will develop your knowledge of tikanga Māori as well as literacy, numeracy and essential study skills.

Quick facts


Full-time: 1 year (some part-time options available)
Points per certificate: 120
Taught at: Epsom and Tai Tokerau Campuses

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Programme highlights


  • Understand yourself through knowing your turangawaewae.
  • Develop lifelong learning skills.
  • Whanau approach to ensure your success - you'll study at Te Puna Wananga, the faculty's own School of Māori Education.
  • Get acquainted with the tertiary study environment.
  • Go on to apply for Faculty of Education and Social Work undergraduate programmes - particularly the Bachelor of Education (Teaching) Huarahi Māori Specialisation.

What you'll learn


You will develop your own Māori language and tikanga Māori skills. You will also learn literacy, numeracy, computing and information technology, and other important study skills. If you are a Māori who doesn't speak Māori or isn't too confident in tikanga Māori, this is a perfect chance for you to learn - and gain a quality university entrance qualification from the country's highest ranked university at the same time. You will be taught via small classes, group work and internally assessed assignments.

Faculty of Education and Social Work undergraduate programmes


This programme is specifically designed to bridge you into our Bachelor of Education (Teaching) Huarahi Māori Specialisation and other degree and diploma programmes offered by the faculty. The programmes you may be able to gain entry to are listed below:

After undergraduate study you may wish to further your interests and enhance your career and salary prospects through postgraduate study.

Entry requirements


You must either:

  • Be a New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident of New Zealand and have completed NCEA (Level 2) at a New Zealand secondary school or its equivalent
  • Or be over 20 years of age

All applicants are normally required to submit personal references and attend an interview.

Tuition fees


Check out current tuition fees

More information


Faculty of Education and Social Work Contact Centre
Phone: +64 9 623 8883
Email: education@auckland.ac.nz
www.education.auckland.ac.nz