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)
2024 Dates

External Cultural Competency

  • Wednesday, 14 August
  • Wednesday, 31 July
  • Monday, 4 September

Internal Cultural Competency

  • Wednesday, 19 June
  • Monday, 7 October

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 (online if COVID-19 Restrictions apply)
Study method Block courses
Domestic fees $650
Course code 661.200

Course structure

Session 1 – Welcome (onsite: pōwhiri/online: mihi whakatau)
  • Hīmene, karakia, Mihimihi, Waiata
  • Housekeeping
  • Programme overview
  • Activity: Whakawhanaungatanga - Introductions
  • Tiro Whānui - Overview and learning outcomes
  • Te Kawa - The Process
    • The pōwhiri process explored
    • Tikanga and kawa
    • Koha
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
  • Ngā Tūkapi - personal pronouns
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.

These workshops can also be customised for organisations including being delivered either online or onsite.

Please be aware that MIT requires all visitors to campus, including the marae, to be fully vaccinated and to provide evidence such as a My Vaccine Pass prior to entry.

For more information please contact

For more information, phone 0800 62 62 52 or enquire below.

Information is correct as at 17 June 2024. The fee quoted is an indicative short course fee. You will be advised of the current fees at the time of enrolment. Short courses stated as eligible for free study in 2024 are based on the 2023 fee structure and subject to funding confirmation for 2024. International Students holding an appropriate visa may enrol on this course. All short course fees are in New Zealand Dollars and inclusive of GST. Manukau Institute of Technology reserves the right to cancel or postpone a course with insufficient enrolments or for any other reason where cancellation is necessary before the course is planned to start. Manukau Institute of Technology is part of Te Pūkenga – New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology. Te Pukenga is accredited under the provisions of the Education and Training Act 2020.