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52 weeks including 47 full-time teaching weeks (34 of which are on campus) and 5 weeks of study breaks
2023: $5,598 plus $220 Student Services Levy
A Compulsory Student Services Levy applies ($2 per credit).
Fees listed are for each year of the programme, indicative only and may vary with course selection.
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With a strong focus on Te Ao Māori, Kaitiaki Whenua Project Moturoa encourages learners to approach conservation from a Māori perspective.
Learn conservation skills from a Māori worldview through connection with local iwi and marae-based education.
Just like Kaitiaki Whenua Trainee Ranger students, you will work alongside the Department of Conservation and regional council staff to complete a mixture of practical and theory skills geared towards entry into a career in conservation.
With regular stays at noho marae, you will develop an understanding of the history and teachings of iwi and work on a related iwi or marae-based project.
Skills taught include:
This 12-month programme is full-time. Classes are 9 am - 3 pm, 5 days a week, there will be 8 noho marae throughout the programme.
You will be based at the Richmond Campus and Moturoa (Rabbit Island).
You don’t need to be fluent in te reo to enrol for Kaitiaki Whenua Project Moturoa. The content and interactions with your tutors and iwi will offer you the opportunity to learn your mihi, karakia, waiata, and more.
"I think it’s really important for Māori to connect with who they are and where they came from. It made a lot of sense that I could come here and reconnect not only with where I’m from in the whenua but also my whanau.”
Logan Miller, Project Moturoa Graduate.
Having iwi open their doors and knowledge to Project Moturoa students plays a vital role in helping learners gain an understanding of conservation from a Māori world view. This is a pathway that can help you understand more about yourself and who we are.
The Kaitiaki Whenua Project Moturoa programme offers conservation with a tirohanga Māori. Learning conservation with a Māori lens will build your confidence and connection, and help you grow as a person.
An alliance of councils, iwi and the Department of Conservation in the top of the South Island plans to work collectively to restore natural landscapes. Through DOC, Project Moturoa is a part of this alliance and work hard to effectively contribute to a healthy planet and community.
Moturoa Project connects rangatahi students with the rohe, iwi and marae of Te Tauihu and offers a level 4 qualification in conservation with a tirohanga Māori.