Postgraduate Certificate in Māori and Indigenous Leadership


Are you a professional working in an Iwi, Māori organisation, or another body that works with Māori communities, looking to progress into leadership? Would you like to take on a position of influence within the growing Māori economy, currently valued at $40 billion in New Zealand? Do you have a passion for furthering the aspirations of Māori and indigenous communities? 

This new postgraduate certificate aims to engage participants in critical analysis of models of indigenous development at an advanced level, preparing students for further study in the area of Māori and Indigenous Leadership.

Features of the Postgraduate Certificate in Māori and Indigenous Leadership

  • Developed in response to growing market demand for managers, governors and other leaders within all spheres of the 'Māori sector'.
  • Students will gain an academic understanding of the organisational needs of the Māori sector and indigenous models of development in New Zealand, Australia, Canada and the United States.
  • Delivered through a culturally appropriate blended learning model.
  • Our staff in Aotahi: School of Māori and Indigenous Studies operate as a whānau and we pride ourselves on being accessible, supportive and engaged with a number of research kaupapa that focus on the advancement of Māori development and knowledge.

Entry requirements

Postgraduate certificates and diplomas require a relevant bachelor's degree. If you gained your qualifications overseas, these will need to be assessed to ensure they are of an equivalent standard.

Qualification specific requirements

The Postgraduate Certificate in Māori and Indigenous Leadership (PGCertMIL) is open to:

  • Applicants who have at least three years professional experience in the Māori sector; and
  • Have either a bachelor's degree with a B average in their 300-level majoring courses; or been approved by the Head of School.

Note: Applicants will also be required to submit a portfolio of professional experience, and attend a selection interview.

For more entry details, please see the Regulations for the PGCertMIL.

Qualification structure and duration

The PGCertMIL programme comprises 60 points. This qualification can only be studied part-time and must be completed within one year from first enrolment. Students start their studies in February (Semester 1).

Subjects and courses

Students study the following two courses on a part-time basis:

  • MAOR430 Māori Leadership
  • MAOR431 Comparative Indigenous Models and Theories of Development

Further study

Successful students of this pathway, can progress into the Master of Maori and Indigenous Leadership, so long as they have not graduated with the postgraduate certificate.

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Career opportunities

Graduates of this qualification will be in an ideal position to enhance the leadership capability in organisations working with Māori, including Iwi, Māori, government, community and private sector organisations.

Useful resources:

More information

For full requirements see the Regulations for the Postgraduate Certificate in Māori and Indigenous Leadership.

Aotahi School of Māori and Indigenous Studies

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