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

Kaitiaki Whenua - Project Moturoa

  • Locations and dates


    18 July 2022
    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

    2022: $5,450 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


Free programme.

Apply now for the July intake.

This programme is eligible for fees-free under the Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund (TTAF). Please note fees will only be covered under TTAF until 31 December 2022. Find full details about the fund here.(external link)  Students are advised to enquire about their eligibility for any other fees-free funding when enrolling.(external link)


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Learn conservation skills from a Māori worldview through connection with local iwi and marae-based education. With a strong focus on Te Ao Māori, Kaitiaki Whenua Project Moturoa encourages learners to approach conservation from a Māori perspective.

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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Whaowhia te kete mātauranga

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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.







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