Nov 2015: If so, you and or your relatives should consider enrolling next year to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to offer Whakairo to Iwi, hapū and whānau.
This course caters for tauira living in the Taupo-Turangi, Rotorua, Tauranga, Whakatane, Kawerau, and Opotiki districts and is aimed at training tauira to maintain and progress traditional aspects of Whakairo for cultural purposes.
Tauira (students) will learn the fundamentals of the research and hand skills needed to carve traditional tribal styles of Whakairo and how it is applied in a cultural reality. This course is delivered in Rotorua, “the hub of Māori art”.
Attendance is 1 weekend a month with an open workshop during the week for tauira to work on projects and gain experience. A Level 4 Certificate qualification will be achieved in the first year with the opportunity to continue to a Diploma and level 7 Bachelor Degree in Whakairo. Applicants must be 18+ years of age and a New Zealand citizen. Previous experience is not required. Only 10 positions are available.
This course is offered by Te Wananga o Aotearoa so financial help is available via tribal grants and government student loans and allowances.
When filling out the form select the following from the options provided;
- Delivery site – Rotorua/1 Dinsdale Road
- Programme – Kawairaupapa/Certificate Māori Visual Arts/Whakairo