Environment Māori and Whenua Qualifications

The Environment Māori and Whenua qualifications are nationally recognised qualifications intended for whānau, hapū, iwi, and others, who are seeking formal qualifications in areas of mātauranga mahinga kai, mātauranga taiao, and mātauranga wāhi tapu and wāhi tupuna.

The review of these qualifications was led by a Governance Group appointed based on their expertise within the Environment Māori and Whenua fields and assisted by Māori Qualifications Services (NZQA).

Qualification Listing

On the 13 March 2015, four Environment Māori and Whenua qualifications were listed on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework:


Programme Development Support

Mahinga Kai – Te Hoata (Kaupae 3) [Ref: 2348] (PDF, 75KB)  Standards alignment document (PDF, 220KB)
New Zealand Certificate in Māori Traditional Food Production, Harvest, and Management, Kaupae 3  
Te Mana Kaitiaki o Ngā Taonga Tuku Iho (Kaupae 4) [Ref: 2345] (PDF, 74KB)  Standards alignment document (PDF, 344KB)
New Zealand Certificate in Māori Heritage and Wāhi Tapu, Kaupae 4  
Te Hiringa o te Taiao (Kaupae 4)  [Ref 2346] (PDF, 63KB)  Standards alignment document (PDF, 238KB)
New Zealand Certificate in Māori Environment Practices, Kaupae 4  
Rūmakihia te Taiao (Kaupae 6) [Ref: 2347] (PDF, 80KB)  Standards alignment document (PDF, 196KB)
New Zealand Diploma in Māori Environment Management, Kaupae 6  

Programme approval and accreditation

The Environment Māori and Whenua qualifications have been quality assured using the Mātauranga Māori Evaluative Quality Assurance (MM EQA) process. Please refer to the Guidelines for programme approval and provider accreditation (MM EQA) (PDF, 479KB) for further information about programme approval and accreditation for these qualifications.

Review of Environment Māori unit standards

The Environment Māori unit standards were approved for listing on the Directory of Assessment Standards in November 2015.

These unit standards were reviewed to ensure that they were fit for purpose, relevant and aligned to the graduate profile outcomes of the new Environment Māori and Whenua qualifications.

For more information on the outcome of the unit standards review please visit the Environment Māori page.

Contact Us

For enquiries about the Environment Māori and Whenua qualifications contact mqs@nzqa.govt.nz

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