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Toi Ihorei

Toi Ihorei is a level 7 diploma comprised of 120 credits.

Duration Total 36 weeks (1 year full-time)

Toi Ihorei is a level 7 diploma that qualifies students with creative knowledge, skills and applications in composition, production design and technical applications (audio, visual, costume, arts administration and management) to advance and promote the professional status of new Māori works and performance to, and for, diverse audiences, sectors and settings at local, regional, national and international levels

Mixed Programme Delivery Mode

  • Tuition / Teaching weeks: 36 weeks
  • Number of years: 1 (full-time)
  • Teachings hrs / wk: 20 hrs
  • Work experience hrs / wk: 9 hrs
  • Total Programme Credits 120

Course Intakes

There are two intakes per year

  • Semester 1: February
  • Semester 2: Mid-year intake July

Fees $4470

(as at 2022)

Fees Free eligibility apply for first year tertiary students. For more information click here: https://www.feesfree.govt.nz/

Student Loans and allowances available for eligible students. For more information click here: https://www.studylink.govt.nz/

Scholarship applications available on request. For more information email:[email protected]

Additional Course Related Costs:  On/Off-Stage Kākahu | Stationery | Textbooks


This programme will provide the graduate with the capability to:

Apply critical understanding of Māori and non-Māori production knowledge systems underpinning the staging of creative and, or original Māori works

Integrate advanced technical expertise to inform indigenous storytelling through composition, performance and production outcomes

Utilise advanced management and administration know-how to produce relevant and viable minor productions. 

Subject Area

This programme consists of three 40-credit courses:


Advanced creative practice.


Advanced stage production.


Advanced arts administration & management. 


Graduates may contribute to the Ngā Toi art form, practice, and sector in a range of context for whānau, hapū, iwi and hapori with Ngā Toi projects including:
  • Performing Artist
  • Media
  • Whānau, Hapū, Marae development
  • Education
  • Tutoring – Teaching
  • Higher education
Options towards media works – television, radio. Leading towards teaching in kohanga, kura.


Applicants seeking to enrol must meet the admission and eligibility criteria of Te Wānanga Whare Tapere o Takitimu. The admission criteria include;

a) Applicants that are 18 years or older at enrolment, and;

b) have demonstrated suitability and capability in Māori Performance, or Māori Art forms at Level 7; and,

c) a New Zealand qualification in Creative Arts for Māori/Non-Māori Performance at level 6 or above, or equivalent;

d) demonstrated commitment to uphold the kaupapa of Takitimu; and,

e) have provided a performance portfolio demonstrating evidence of creative practice and process; and,

f) have provided a curriculum vitae outlining educational and employment achievements.

 Special Admission: Special admission may be granted at the discretion of the Academic Director or designated nominee by the Quality Academic Group.

Such applicants may be required to successfully complete a bridging course paper/s as a condition of entry into the programme.

The selection process includes:

a) An audition designed to assess health, fitness, performance disposition and capability.

b) At least three written or where appropriate, oral character references.

c) A formal interview.


Each assessment in a course must be passed and grades collated to form a final pass grade for that course. ie:
  • Where there are three assessment in a course, all 3 assessments must be passed.
  • Where there are 2 assessment in a course, both assessment must be passed.

Papers within the Program

PO300 – Advanced creative practice

The purpose of this course is to advance creative skills in composition, dance, musicality and kākahu to enable a presentation of a creative piece of work in a minor production
PO301 – Advanced stage production;
The purpose of this course is to advance creative skills in lighting and sound to enable a presentation of a creative piece of work in a minor production
PO302 – Advanced arts administration & management.

The purpose of this course is to advance management and arts administration skills in staging a minor production.

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