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Diploma in Public Health - Whanau Violence

"Hine i ngaro,  Hine i kitea"


The Diploma of Kaupapa Māori Public Health - Whānau Violence is a professional health qualification, underpinned by Māori philosophy, that is designed as a learning progression qualification for people who have the National Certificate or Diploma in Hauora and as a secondary (specialist) qualification for people working in the health sector.


Start Date:

14 February 2022


Six (6)


1 Year Full-Time



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Mixed Delivery Mode:

3-day wānanga, once per month

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

Annual Fees/Payment Options:

FREE for 2022

Entry Criteria

  • A minimum age of 25 is required
  • Evidence and capability of undertaking academic study at tertiary level
  • For workplace students, evidence of on the job experience in a health & disability service or a service funded by the DHB or Ministry of Health.
  • 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):

Dr Candy Cookson - Cox



Whānau violence in this course is understood as an outcome of foreign political structures, cultures and histories that usurp (seize power by force and without right) the cultural values and knowledge base of Māori.  Colonisation is responded to in a political way through the promotion and restoration of Māori political (self-determination) and leadership practices and agendas.


Using tikanga and kawa, processes for the management of cases of violence, abuse and neglect within whānau are examined in context of the structure, dynamics, relationships and processes of whānau.  Whanaungatanga as a key cultural construct and this process is examined and professional practices recommended for whānau violence practitioners based on effective practices with whānau.  This paper sets in place some foundational understandings and protections for practitioners to enable them to work safely with whānau.


Whakawātea is a process of healing and restoration, and reconnection of whakapapa.  The basis is the proposition that healing based on tikanga can, and does work to heal inter-generational mamae/pain that manifests as ‘normalised’ violence within whānau.  Tikanga is the benchmark against which whānau violence/abuse behaviours are tested, and upon which the recommended pathways out of lives of normalized violence are based


This paper brings the preceding three papers together and integrates them by means of an in depth real life case study with one whānau (individual) attending a Māori provider organisation or seeing a social worker or other provider, to resolve whānau violence.  It aims to put theory into practice.

Clinical Practicum

Students will have the opportunities to build upon their current suite of practical skills through the development of additional practical experiences and supervision. There is an additional requirement is that you complete atleast 80 hours of placement setting outside of the participant’s normal employment setting. This can be at any agency of your choice. 

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