L1MAR

Level 1 Ma Rākau

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Ms A. Kingi

This course is available to students from Year 9 through to Year 13.

Mau Rākau is a traditional Māori martial art and this unique programme gives students the opportunity to learn the ancestral practices, values and protocols of the warrior. Students will learn about Māori culture, disciplines and traditions, gain new skills and get fit. They will have fun in an inclusive learning environment while they develop a specialised skill set, and help to preserve the rich culture and art of the warrior.

Graduate profile: (What qualities/additional skills learners will achieve by taking this course?)
This qualification is intended for people seeking some operational and theoretical knowledge, consistent with tikanga and reo, across a range of Ngā Toi art forms. Graduates of this qualification will contribute to New Zealand by applying a broad range of skills and knowledge across a range of Ngā Toi art forms. Graduates will have a set of knowledge and skills at an introductory level, and will be able to work independently under limited supervision. They will learn to apply understanding of artistic and creative processes to produce project briefs across a range of Toi Māori, explore own Ngā Toi work and the work of others to identify artistic variation and evolution, achieve the objectives of project briefs to produce art works across a range of Toi Māori, and demonstrate introductory art form practices in artistic and creative processes, tikanga, and project management, across a range of Toi Māori.

Possible Career/ Vocational Pathway(s): (What career pathways are related to this course?)
The qualification provides a pathway for those seeking to improve or further develop their skills and knowledge in Ngā Toi. Graduates may progress to New Zealand Certificate in Ngā Toi (Whakairo/Ngā Mahi ā te Whare Pora/Toi Ataata/Mau Rākau/Māori Performing Arts) (Level 4).

Learning outcomes/Assessment links:
Students will learn to apply understanding of artistic and creative processes to produce project briefs across a range of Toi Māori, explore own Ngā Toi work and the work of others to identify artistic variation and evolution, achieve the objectives of project briefs to produce art works across a range of Toi Māori and to demonstrate introductory art form practices in artistic and creative processes, tikanga, and project management, across a range of Toi Māori.

Relevant standards will be added in 2021.

Progression: (What courses does this course lead to?)
Progression will be the next year level.

Vocational/Industry links: (What vocational or industry learning experiences will be included in this course?)


Contextualised contexts: (What local, cultural, real-life content is involved in this course?)


Teaching and Learning Approaches: (How will I learn in this course?)

Students will be given the opportunity to learn:

  • mau rākau and tū taua through the teachings of Te Whare Tū Taua and mōhioranga ā iwi
  • sport, games and training exercises of the toa
  • whakapapa and pepehā
  • karakia
  • knowledge, tikanga and values of the toa
  • stances, positions, strokes, body movements, facial expressions, blocks, counters, engagement.

Resource requirements: (What resources will I need to have to learn in this course?)


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