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Unit Standards Level 2
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Secondary Tertiary Alignment Resource

Unit Standards Level 2

Te Wānanga Whare Tapere o Takitimu is pleased to offer the Māori Performing Arts STAR Programme 2021.

Schools are funded to place students on tertiary level or non-conventional subject courses while still attending school. This programme will assist students gain skills, experience, and kick-start a career in the exciting Creative Industries. They’ll also gain unit standards and make professional contacts that can help open doors to a wide range of stimulating jobs and careers in the entertainment business.

What is STAR?

STAR – Secondary Tertiary Alignment Resource, offers short courses which lead to industry unit standard qualifications. STAR responds to students’ needs, education, training, or employment.

It supports students to explore career pathways and help them make informed decisions about their schooling and future work or study.

Who can do Gateway?

Students from years 11 to 13 can apply to take part in the STAR programme through their school coordinator

How the programme works?

Each school holiday students will be onsite training alongside and with industry qualified kaiako.

Students will experience the daily life of a Kahurangi Māori Dance Theatre performer and follow their demanding schedule.

Assessment and Marking

  • Marking and assessment are done by our industry trained and experienced kaiako.
  • Marked assessments will be given to the school via online or hardcopy within two weeks of their last assessment.
  • Results are reported to the school NOT NZQA. It is the school’s responsibility to include the student results in their NZQA report. Our provider number will be on the end of year report.
  • All communication regarding assessments will be via the school’s STAR Coordinator.


Enrolments for the STAR will be made by the schools STAR Coordinator. On receipt of the first enrolment a signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) will be sent to the schools Coordinator within 10 working days. This will cover the academic year.

If you are interested in doing a STAR course speak to your School STAR Coordinator.

Programme Information

US 13359
Level 2

Demonstrate knowledge and skills of Waiata-ā-ringa

US 15019
Level 2

Demonstrate knowledge and skills of whakaraka

US 13371
Level 2

Demonstrate knowledge and skills of Haka (tāne)

US 13367
Level 2

Demonstrate knowledge and skills of Poi (wāhine)

Term Calendar


19 Apr – 30 Apr


12 Jul – 23 Jul


4 Oct – 15 Oct



Contact us now to get your enrolment pack