Cultural competency - Te Tiriti o Waitangi workshop

Who should attend

This course is for anyone who would like to develop their cultural competency, their confidence, and understanding of Te Reo and the Titiri o Waitangi. This could be for personal development or to help empower effective engagement within the workplace.

Cultural competency is the ability to work and live with people from any ethnic or cultural background by understanding the value of who you are and where you come from first.

Cultural competency training achieves this by developing your basic understandings of Te Reo me ona Tikanga (Māori language and protocols) and Te Ao Māori (Māori ways of life). Cultural competency is a universal skill and ability that can be applied in any professional or personal life situation.

Cultural competency empowers individuals, groups, and teams with an ability to engage effectively not only with Māori people but with people from any ethnicity including their own. It is the ability to be respectful and responsive to the beliefs, practices cultural and ethnic needs of diverse population groups.

Key facts

Start Date(s)

2021 dates

Thursday 19 August
Thursday 23 September
Thursday 14 October 
Tuesday 16 November

Each scheduled course is conditional upon a minimum of 12 people enrolling into each course. If we do not receive sufficient enrolments, you will be given the option to postpone your course to a later date.

Please contact us for more information at

Duration 1 day
Time 9.00am - 3.00pm
Study location(s) Ngā Kete Wānanga Marae, MIT Ōtara
Study method Block courses
Domestic fees $255 (approx.)
Course code 661.200

Course structure

Session 1 – Powhiri Mihimihi
  • Pōwhiri
  • Introductions – Whakawhanaungatanga activity
  • Overview and learning outcomes – Tiro Whānui
  • The Process – Te Kawa
  • The pōwhiri process explored.
Session 2 – Whakapapa, Ngā Kete Wānanga Marae
  • History of the rohe (area) of Ōtara and Ngā Kete Wānanga Marae
  • Exploring the wharenui (meeting house) its inspiration and meaning.
Session 3 – Cultural Competency
  • Introduction to concepts and ideas that underpin cultural competence
  • Te Tiriti o Waitangi and how it applies to both personal growth and professional development.
Session 4 – Te Tiriti o Waitangi
  • Colonisation and its impact on Māori, a historical perspective
  • Health, housing, education, the media – addressing breaches of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, a contemporary perspective.
Session 5 – Pronunciation Pepeha/Waiata
  • Te Reo and Pronunciation Practice
  • Pepeha/Waiata
  • Personal pronouns – Ngā Tūkapi.
Session 6 – Pepeha Presentation
  • Pepeha practice in preparation for individual presentation
  • Waiata practice.
Session 7 – Creating a Māori Engagement Policy Framework
  • Review/discussion from a range of benchmark frameworks
  • Developing a framework for your organization – first steps. Final Session
  • Feedback and evaluation
  • Poroporoaki
  • Karakia Whakamutunga.

Morning tea and lunch provided.

These workshops can also be customised for organisations.

For more information please contact

Information is correct as at 9 December 2021. Programme fees are based on a full-time student and may vary depending on your final selection of courses that make up your programme. To provide you with an indication of costs, the approximate fees quoted in this publication are based on the indicative 2020 fee structure. The indicative programme fees for 2020 do not include the Compulsory Student Services Fee (CSSF). The CSSF is an additional levy to your 2020 programme or course fees. Further information about the CSSF can be found here Programmes stated as eligible for free study in 2020 are based on the 2019 fee structure and subject to funding confirmation for 2020. All fees are in New Zealand Dollars. You will be advised of the current fees at the time of enrolment. All courses and programmes will proceed subject to numbers and academic approval. Manukau Institute of Technology is accredited under the provisions of the Education Act 1989. International students must study in class and will not be able to enrol for online study options.