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 Kōkiri Centre and Otago Polytechnic have developed this programme to train whānau 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 which supports whānau wellbeing.

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

Graduates of this qualification will be able 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

  • Key dimensions of hauora

  • Tikanga associated with hauora in the home and elsewhere

  • Knowledge of rongoā Māori in relation to the prevention and treatment of illness

  • Taha tinana, taha wairua, taha hinengaro, taha whānau

  • The well-being and needs of each age group and strategies to support well-being

  • Hāpori advocacy.

 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 whānau, hapū, iwi and/or hapori as an expression of whanaungatanga

  • apply a range of standard processes and systems to assist whānau to make well-informed decisions as an expression of kaitiakitanga and manaakitanga

  • apply 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 classroom based, using an ako approach to the learning with a reciprocal, non-hierarchical relationship between those in the classroom, whereby knowledge and experiences are shared in the learning experience.

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

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

We are part of Te Pūkenga

When you apply to study with Otago Polytechnic, 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, and you will graduate with a Te Pūkenga qualification.


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.