Life in Aotearoa New Zealand

Course code FOU104

This course is designed to build your skills and confidence in a number of areas that are required for successful participation in our society. Whānau and communities will benefit from people with the confidence, skills, knowledge, and attributes needed to progress to further and more focused learning, and to participate in their communities.

The main purpose of this course is to take you on a journey of the Māori view of the natural world by exploring important Māori concepts. It will also explore Māori art and design elements and the significance of this art to the Māori view. During this journey, the course will also provide you with reading and writing skills.

Specifically, this course will build skills and confidence in the following areas:

  • Māori concepts
  • Māori art elements
  • Reading to understand and extracting meaning
  • Writing to communicate ideas 
  • Read text for practical purposes
  • Initiating, participating and engaging in spoken interactions

How to enrol

Before enrolling in this course you need to:

  • Choose the qualification you will study the course under. See the Work towards tab below for qualification options.
  • Check the order that courses in the qualification should be studied in the Qualification Structure table. This is in the Choose courses tab on the qualification page.
  • Level 1  
    Credits 15 
  • Study type Open  
    EFTS 0.125  
  • Availability
    2018 :  
    This course will start on the first Monday of the month you select for enrolment.
  • Delivery type
    2018 :  
    Print/Contact Class   
  • Workload

    All our open courses have a credit value. For each credit, allow about 10 hours of study. Your workload may be higher around assessment due dates.

  • Fees
    2018 :  
    NZ students $0 + $60 annual administration fee
    International students N/A + $60 annual administration fee
  • Prerequisites Check entry and other requirements under the qualification you are studying  

What you need to know about this course

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to

  • Identify and describe a Māori view of the natural world
  • Explain design elements used to generate Māori art
  • Read texts for practical purposes 
  • Read texts with understanding
  • Write to communicate ideas for a purpose and audience
  • Initiate, participate and engage in spoken interactions


This course is 100% internally assessed


No textbooks are required for this course