New Zealand Certificate in Whānau Ora (Level 3)

If you want to learn about whānau-centred approaches that support whānau wellbeing, this course is for you. You will be able to work under supervision and apply knowledge of Māori philosophies and theories of Māori wellbeing.

About the programme

Arai Te Uru Kokiri Centre and Otago Polytechnic have developed this programme to train whanau and support workers to understand how to support each other and to uplift, listen to and help each other be successful. 

This programme is for those who wish to work with Māori and whānau in the development of a whānau-centred approach that supports whānau wellbeing. 

Located in Dunedin, New Zealand Kokiri offers practical/vocational courses that equip foundation learners with the opportunity to learn employable skills in preparation for higher education or as a gateway into the workforce. Find out more >

Graduates of this qualification will be able to work under supervision to apply knowledge of Māori philosophies and theories of Māori wellbeing. This qualification will prepare you for entry-level work caring for or supporting people, from youth to adulthood. 

What you'll learn

  • Implications of legislation on hauora Māori
  • How to manage personal safety when working with whānau
  • Tikanga in relation to rongoā rākau
  • Key dimensions of hauora
  • How to prepare a nutritionally-balanced diet using kai tōtika Māori
  • Tikanga associated with hauora in the home
  • Processes of accountability within hauora
  • Knowledge of rongoā Māori in relation to the prevention and treatment of illness
  • Explain anger management in a hauora context
  • Explain tikanga in relation to the human anatomy 

 By the end of this programme, you'll be able to: 

  • build quality relationships to form a coordinated approach in the delivery of services to tangata Māori as an expression of whanaungatanga.
  • apply a range of standard processes and systems to assist Māori and whānau to make well-informed decisions as an expression of kaitiakitanga and manaakitanga.
  • apply some operational and theoretical knowledge to design a whānau ora plan as an expression of pukengatanga.
  • reflect on practice and performance to develop own professional and personal attributes as an expression of rangatiratanga.


Delivery is a combination of classroom learning and hands-on learning. 

Facilitators use korero, presentations, visuals, study notes, reliable information from websites and other texts to support an interactive approach that delivers knowledge and supports the introduction and practice of skills and tikanga. 

Practical skills are introduced by facilitator demonstration, group activities, and practical tasks, and opportunity is provided to undertake real-world activities. 

Self-directed work involves the investigation and completion of individual assignments for assessment.


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.