New Zealand Certificate in Ngā Taonga Tākaro (Level 3)

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Who is this qualification for? 

This qualification is designed for people involved in taonga tākaro initiatives for whānau, hapū, iwi and communities.

It is part of the Ngā Taonga Tākaro suite of qualifications, which together provide a framework to express whakapapa and advance Ngā Taonga Tākaro as taonga tuku iho.

This qualification will be delivered and assessed in a practical setting. The ākonga will be employed by or connected to an iwi or Māori organisation, and will be actively involved in ngā taonga tākaro, such as hakariki, kaipara, kī-o-rahi, kuku-mamau, manu pakanga, pipi, ruru-nei, tauronarona, tī-uru, poitoa, matimati or rākau.

Completing this progamme is about having fun while leading, teaching or playing Ngā Taonga Tākaro with whānau, hapū, iwi or roopū.

What's involved?

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This 40-credit qualification covers the following concepts:

The philosophies of tākaro, te ao Māori and technical components of tākaro, as they relate to and are applied under the framework of:





This qualification is designed to be completed in 6-10 months.

Programme structure

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The programme is made up of the following unit standards:

Unit standard 32256 Demonstrate kaitiakitanga while participating in ngā taonga tākaro L3 10 credits
Unit standard 32257 Demonstrate uaratanga through participation in ngā taonga tākaro L3 10 credits
Unit standard 32258 Demonstrate knowledge of te taiao, aro tākaro and the practice of ngā taonga tākaro L3 10 credits
Unit standard 32259 Demonstrate knowledge of and apply korero whakapapa ā-iwi through participation in ngā taonga tākaro L3 10 credits

What are the costs?

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On-job training costs workplaces both time and resources. It can mean covering registration fees, learning and assessment resources, allocating time for training, and having an appropriate assessment pathway available.  

Total costs for trainees will vary depending on how the qualification is delivered, how it is assessed and how much support the workplace can provide.   

Check out our fees list and financial help options.

For more detailed information about the cost of doing an on-job qualification, get in touch.

Where to from here?

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Are you keen to become a qualified practitioner of ngā taonga tākaro? Think this might be the right qualification for your staff? 

To find out more, contact your regional Skills Active learning support advisor.   

Remember, to do this qualification on the job, a Skills Active trainee needs to be working as a volunteer or paid employee in the sport and recreation industry.  

If you're interested in this qualification, but you're not currently employed in the industry, contact a Skills Active learning support advisor to talk about how you can get involved.

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