Kaitiaki Whenua - Project Moturoa
New Zealand Certificate in Conservation (Operations)
Level 4

Kaitiaki Whenua - Project Moturoa

  • NMIT is part of Te Pūkenga

    This means that you will now graduate with a Te Pūkenga qualification. Read more

  • Locations and dates


    17 July 2023
  • Study options

    Full-time only

  • Length

    52 weeks including 47 full-time teaching weeks (34 of which are on campus) and 5 weeks of study breaks

  • Total credits


  • Fees

    2023: $5,598 plus $220 Student Services Levy

    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.

    View course details for individual fees.

  • National qualification code


With a strong focus on Te Ao Māori, Kaitiaki Whenua Project Moturoa encourages learners to approach conservation from a Māori perspective.

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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:

  • Pest control
  • Whakapapa of animals
  • The effect of humans on the ecosystem
  • Understanding New Zealand’s ecology
  • Using conservation technology
  • How to build and maintain hiking tracks
  • Working towards re-establishing balance in nature

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).








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