Te Hauora Hinengaro


This course is for those who are, or will be, working in the mental health and wellbeing area with Māori.

In this course you will identify and critically review the integration and impact of cultural values that inform current understandings of mental health and wellbeing at three levels:

  • personal
  • discipline (e.g. mental health and psychology)
  • societal.

The course will introduce you to Māori understandings and models of health. It will also introduce you to the professional and legislative parameters when working with Māori in health contexts. 

You will need to demonstrate your learning by critically reflecting on your own cultural competence and safety when working with Māori and Māori mental health.

What you will learn

When you successfully complete this course you will be able to:

  • describe how your personal values, history and experiences are shaped by society and inform our understandings of mental health and wellbeing
  • critically evaluate how the values, knowledge, and practices of euro-centric disciplines (such as psychology) interact with the values, knowledge, practices and experience of people and peoples who may be culturally and ethnically different, such as Māori
  • explain how social, historical and political determinants contribute to Te Hauora Hinengaro/Māori mental health
  • recognise and apply Te Tiriti o Waitangi in a health and wellbeing context
  • describe how Māori mental health models operate in a practice context
  • engage in culturally responsive safe and ethical practice when working with Māori
  • critically evaluate ones’ personal capacity to practice cultural competence and safety with Māori


This course is 100% internally assessed.


No textbooks are required for this course.

Computer and internet requirements

To complete this course you will need access to a laptop or desktop computer, reliable broadband internet connection and a data plan able to support online learning such as streaming of videos (including YouTube), downloading content, and writing and submitting online assessments. If you are unsure if your current computer or internet access allows you to complete your online learning with us, please contact us before applying to enrol.

How to enrol

Before enrolling in this course you need to:

  • choose the qualification you will study the course under
  • check the order that courses in the qualification should be studied in the Qualification Structure table. This is in the Choose courses and apply tab on the qualification page.

Work towards

You can do this course as part of these qualifications:

Certificate of Proficiency
Bachelor's Degree

Course availability over the next 12 months


October enrolment dates

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8 Oct 2024
21 Oct 2024
9 Feb 2025

February enrolment dates

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11 Feb 2025
24 Feb 2025
15 Jun 2025