Te Wānanga o Raukawa is a tikanga Māori tertiary education provider based in Ōtaki, Aotearoa, New Zealand. Hailed at the time as the 'smallest university in the world', Te Wānanga o Raukawa was established by the Raukawa Marae Trustees in 1981 with only two students.

A special and unique place of learning, Te Wānanga o Raukawa has become recognised over the last 30 years as an opportunity for all to learn within a tikanga Māori community under the principles of the iwi development strategy, Whakatupuranga Rua Mano: Generation 2000.

Whakatupuranga Rua Mano captured the health and wellbeing aspirations of the ART Confederation of Ngāti Toa Rangatira, Te Āti Awa ki Whakarongotai and Ngāti Raukawa ki te tonga in the lower North Island of Aotearoa. These are the founding iwi of Te Wānanga o Raukawa.

Their qualifications are aimed at developing and nurturing people's sense of identity as Māori while giving people the necessary knowledge and skills of a particular industry, advantaging you in the Aotearoa workforce and beyond. See through a Māori world view as you learn to integrate Māori knowledge into all aspects of your life.

All their qualifications are embedded with mātauranga Māori and most of their qualifications offered at diploma level and above include compulsory iwi and hapū and te reo Māori studies. These further enhance the knowing you are gaining through your specialised studies and allow you to develop manuscripts for your whānau while increasing your capability and confidence in te reo Māori.

All their Poupou (certificates) are offered FREE to NZ citizens and permanent residents and are a great introduction to Te Wānanga o Raukawa and their learning platforms.

Benefits of studying with Te Wānanga o Raukawa:

  • Gain NZQA recognised qualifications from certificate to masters.
  • Learn or develop your reo Māori through every programme offered.
  • Reconnect back to your marae and whānau through Iwi and Hapū Studies.
  • Blended delivery means you don’t need to live in Ōtaki to study with them.
  • Education and Teaching programmes are Teach NZ study awards eligible.
  • Noho style and blended delivery offers study that fits around you, your whānau and work commitments.
  • Begin your studies with their one-year Level 5 Heke (diploma), the first year towards your bachelor degree.
  • Students are accommodated and fed while attending residential seminars on campus.
  • Free pick up and drop off from local bus stops and 24 hours security while on campus.
Region: Wellington


Monday 8.30 AM - 5.00 PM

Tuesday 8.30 AM - 6.00 PM

Wednesday 8.30 AM - 6.00 PM

Thursday 8.30 AM - 6.00 PM

Friday 8.30 AM - 6.00 PM

Saturday Closed

Sunday Closed

Your feedback and contribution is important to us. Tell us how we can improve the Future Ready website for you.

Your feedback and contribution is important to us. Tell us how we can improve the Future Ready website for you.