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Bicultural Competency

Professional Development


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. 

 

Te Reo Māori for the Workplace



You will learn to accurately pronounce Te Reo Mā
ori, using vocabulary that is relevant and applicable to the workplace setting and fits with local language covenants.

 

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Tikanga Māori in the Organisation


 

You will learn to identify tikanga Māori practices, as appropriate to Iwi-specific tikanga, and integrate them into organisational practice both formally and informally.

 

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Certificate in Bicultural Competency (Level 4)


 

Develop a practical knowledge of te reo and tikanga M¯aori 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. 

 

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