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National Diploma in Counselling

course philosophy

"He oranga ngākau, he pikinga waiora"

"Positive feelings in your heart, will enhance your sense of self-worth"

Course Overview

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 wellbeing, 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 practioners.

Quick facts

Start Date:

12 February 2018


Six (6)


2 years, Full-Time


7 Stonebridge Park Drive, Holdens Bay, Rotorua

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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:

$5,377.00 including Student Fee Protection

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Entry Criteria

Applicants should be:

  • A minimum of 19 years of age at the commencement of this course.
  • Capable of undertaking academic study at tertiary level.
  • Able to relate to themselves and to others with integrity and warmth.
  • Motivated to be of service to others.
  • Healthy and free of substance (alcohol and drugs) misuse
  • Of mental wellbeing

programme Team

Enquiry & Enrolments:

Karakia Kruger

Programme Manager:

Sandy Hata

Programme Tutor(s):

Huhana Pene

Course Details/Papers

The Māori view of health or healing is one against which outcomes can be measured; the alleviation of distress improved well-being and the modification of lifestyle.  In seeking an improved response to their symptoms and distress, Māori tends to treat or improve their level of wellbeing symptoms from a holistic view; i.e. spiritual, emotional, physical and social. 

Counselling provides an opportunity for individuals to “review their patterns of living, reinforcing the balance between spiritual and physical dimensions, consolidating identity and encouraging the development of positive relationships.”

Anamata’s version of the National Diploma of Counselling Level 6 is primarily offered to people already engaged with their communities in a social service and health setting; who work primarily with Māori people and require a certain level of understanding of how Māori think.

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