Certificate in Bicultural Competency (Level 4)

Develop a practical knowledge of te reo and tikanga Māori as appropriate within the workplace, and Te Tiriti o Waitangi (Treaty of Waitangi) and its socio-political impact within iwi and location-specific contexts in Aotearoa. You will develop an understanding of your own position in a bi-cultural New Zealand context by building a base upon which to develop your cultural competency skills.

About the programme

Develop a practical knowledge of te reo and tikanga Māori as appropriate within the workplace, and Te Tiriti o Waitangi (Treaty of Waitangi) and its socio-political impact within iwi and location-specific contexts in Aotearoa. 

You will also develop your understanding of your own position in a bi-cultural New Zealand context by building a base upon which to develop your cultural competency skills. 

During this certificate, you will identify te reo words and phrases that are both relevant and applicable to your workplace context. Likewise, the tikanga content will rely on you showing an understanding and an active application of tikanga concepts and practices as they relate to particular workplace and industry contexts. The Tiriti o Waitangi/Treaty of Waitangi content will rely on you showing a working understanding of the historical aspect of Te Tiriti/the Treaty and its contemporary impact on socio-political-economic factors in the iwi/hapu takiwā that you live and/or work in. 

Delivered through the principles of Wānanga and Ako, you will be encouraged to explore differing views and reflect on your own beliefs and values, whilst recognising the validity of views other than your own. Otago Polytechnic’s Memorandum of Understanding with Kāi Tahu and Ngāi Māori will ensure that learners benefit from the input of local iwi knowledge in all aspects from content and delivery to assessment and moderation. 

This certificate is intended for individuals who are working in any public or private entity that states that it is a responsive Treaty partner. Cultural competency has been identified as a key factor in developing organisational effectiveness; it is also an important global transferable skill. The learning and knowledge you, therefore, gain during this certificate will enhance your employment opportunities both within Aotearoa and internationally.

Courses

Course Description Credits
Te Reo Māori for the Workplace

Learning outcomes 

  • Accurately pronounce introductions, greetings and farewells relevant to the workplace 
  • Use basic Te Reo Māori in workplace correspondence 
  • Use Te Reo Māori relevant to your industry or profession

Indicative content 

  • Identify and practise Te Reo Māori use and pronunciation of:
    • 40 words 
    • 10 phrases 
    • Greetings and farewells 
    • Pepeha/Mihimihi for a workplace setting
5
Tikanga Māori in the Organisation

Learning outcomes 

  • Describe a range of tikanga Māori and their importance in Te Ao Māori 
  • Describe how a range of tikanga Māori influences your own behaviour and practice in every day situations 
  • Explain how tikanga Māori is applied in your own organisation  

Indicative content 

  • Identify, describe and discuss the importance of six tikanga Māori concepts, providing references (APA) where appropriate 
  • Describe how at least four concepts relate to your own behaviours and practices in every day situations 
  • Explain how at least four of these tikanga are displayed formally and informally within your organisation
 5
Introduction to Te Tiriti o Waitangi 

Learning outcomes 

  • Describe the historical context that led to the development of the articles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi/the Treaty of Waitangi
  • Discuss the relationship between the articles and principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi/the Treaty of Waitangi
  • Identify and discuss legislation from New Zealand’s colonial history that were not in keeping with the promises guaranteed in Te Tiriti o Waitangi/the Treaty of Waitangi
  • Discuss the contemporary effects of colonisation on Iwi Māori in own region 

Indicative content 

  • Pre-Treaty - The New Zealand historical context
  • Pre-Treaty - The Māori context
  • The Treaty – Issues leading up to and surrounding its signing
  • Linguistic differences in Te Tiriti o Waitangi and Treaty of Waitangi (translation issues)
  • The respective responsibilities of the Treaty partners
  • Intent of the 3 articles
  • Relationship between the principles of partnership, protection, participation
  • Post Treaty context and colonisation. Legislation that contravened the Treaty and its impact
  • Kai Tahu contemporary Treaty issues
  • Application of contemporary issues to learner’s own professional and occupational practice
  • Appraising and referencing sources
10 
Bi-cultural Competency

Learning outcomes

  • Articulate elements of your own cultural construct
  • Discuss the “Treaty Partner’s” perspective with reference to language, custom and history
  • Identify similarities and differences between your own cultural construct and the “Treaty Partner’s” with reference to language, custom and history

Indicative content 

  • How do we define ourselves? / Defining ourselves in terms of culture
  • Discussion of beliefs, festivities and celebrations and reflection on possible cultural influence
  • Cultural constructs
  • Theories: e.g. Field Theory, Said, Derrida, Bourdieu
  • Analysing how culture impacts experience
  • Importance of narratives – sharing stories (workshop)
  • Confronting inevitable yet unaware cultural bias and how to receive feedback on it
  • Recognising the importance of group membership in historical and contemporary discussions of bi-culturalism
  • Changing focus in cultural conversations from who is disadvantaged to who is privileged and why
  • Addressing the barriers to reflection and engagement with discussions on bi-culturalism
10 

A change for 2023 enrolments

When you apply to study with Otago Polytechnic in 2023, you will be enrolled with Te Pūkenga, the new national network of vocational and applied education in Aotearoa New Zealand. You will learn in the same way, in the same place, and with the same people. The great news is that this enables us to share skills and knowledge across a network of passionate education providers, to better help you succeed. Enrolling in programmes that start in 2023, means that you will graduate with a Te Pūkenga qualification.

Disclaimer

While every effort is made to ensure that this sheet is accurate, Otago Polytechnic reserves the right to amend, alter or withdraw any of the contained information. The fees shown in this document are indicative ONLY. Both domestic and international fees are subject to change and are dependent on the development and implementation of Government policies. Please note that additional fees may from time to time be required for external examination, NZQA fees and/or additional material fees.