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National Diploma in Counselling

"Mārama i roto tiaho ki waho"

“Our future comes from within us”


The kaupapa of the programme is to have students reveal their traditional knowledge base from their whānau and hapū and to apply these iwi Māori models in their practice, in order to promote health and well-being, as they work with the people of the community.

This programme provides students with the ability to build skills and knowledge of themselves and others to create their own future profession as counsellors or māori health practitioners.


Start Date:

11 February 2019


Six (6)


2 years, 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 Fee/Payment Options:

$5,910.00 including Student Fee Protection

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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:

Rocky Broughton

Programme Manager:

Sandy Hata

Programme Tutor(s):

Huhana Pene


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.


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


This course introduces the theories and practices of counselling including Māori cultural strategies for working with ngā tangata, roopu and whānau.

Pia—Counselling Practice 1

Students are able to observe and have limited practice in supervised situations at an agency.    Students learn how to integrate their counselling knowledge, skills and to reflect on their experience.


Learn the functions and particular tools of assessment according to various circumstances and cultural implications.

Takirua Tohutohu—Counselling Couples

This course examines 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

Learn how to engage in counselling with families and whānau, and be conversant with key Māori concepts underpinning counselling practice.

Taura—Counselling Practice 2

Students have the opportunity to integrate and apply their learning under supervision within an agency.  It is expected that the students will be able to function in a role similar to that of an employed counsellor.


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