Our Courses - Social Services - Bachelor counselling
Our Courses - Social Services - Bachelor counselling

Te Taupuatanga o te whanau

"Mārama i roto tiaho ki waho"

“Our future comes from within us”


Te Taupuatanga o te Whānau is a professional counselling qualification set  within a Māori world view.  You will develop iwi/Māori focused counselling practices at a professional level designed to prepare you for registration as a practicing counsellor. The focus on Māori/indigenous methodologies provides a unique opportunity to develop strong foundational knowledge about the inter-generational influences of colonization, and associated impacts, on whānau and hauora.

You will

· gain knowledge, skills and strategies to support your professional practice as a counsellor

· have a greater understanding of how to engage with Māori, providing more opportunities for positive change

· learn about roles & responsibilities of tangata and whānau in the wider context of hapū, iwi and New Zealand society through  whakapapa and whanaungatanga

· learn about the psychological and cultural impacts of whānau violence through the  lens of whakapapa and cultural constructs


Start Date:

February 2022


Seven (7)


3 years, Full-Time



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Mixed Delivery Mode:

3 day wānanga, once per month

including classroom teaching, online learning, supervision, and clinical practicum hours per month.

Annual Fee/Payment Options:


Entry Criteria

  • A minimum age of 19 is required
  • Evidence and capability of undertaking academic study at tertiary level
  • Committed to living and role modelling health and wellbeing with a clear intention to be of service to others
  • Recognition of prior learning and cross crediting or professional and practical experience will be considered
  • Subject to a NZ Police Vetting Check

programme Team

Enrolment & Administration:

Herehere Te Papa

Support Manager:

Jasmin Savage

Programme Tutor(s):

Huhana Pene

Losalia Paulo


Te Ira Tangata

To be a successful counsellor, one has to know who they are within their own whānau and culture.


This course examines Māori knowledge as a conceptual framework to guideways of working with Māori in social work and counselling.


Māori counsellors working with Māori clients requires the recognition of tikanga-ā-iwi as part of their professional practice.


Theories and practices of counselling including Māori cultural strategies for working with ngā tangata, roopu and whānau.

Pia—Counselling Practice 1

Integrate theory & practice and reflect on your experience in an agency (limited practice under supervision).




Functions and tools of assessment according to various circumstances and cultural implications.

Takirua Tohutohu—Counselling CoupleS

Examine the therapeutic relationship and process when working with couples.

Whakamaui—Group Facilitation

Learn to facilitate a personal growth group; address personal issues and needs and counsel a group process to closure.

Whanau Tohutohu—Counselling Whanau

Engage in counselling with families and whānau, and be conversant with key Māori concepts.

Taura—Counselling Practice 2

Integrate and apply their learning under supervision within an agency in a role similar to that of an employed counsellor.



whānau violence (victims)

Contextual  & historical issues leading to whānau violence, including normalisation & intergenerational transfer of power and control.

WHĀNAU VIOLENCE (perpetrators)

The dual role of victim & abuser; harmful behaviours such as drug & alcohol abuse; restorative justice within cultural frameworks.

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