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Postgraduate Diploma in Business in Māori Development

“Whakananua tō Mātauranga ki te ihi o Tūpuna, hei hīringa mō te korito e toko ake ai te ao Māori”
Infuse your knowledge with the wisdom and power of your ancestors to grow the tender shoots that build a Māori world



This two-year executive programme is designed to build on the knowledge and skills of Māori leaders, executives, entrepreneurs and business managers and administrators who are engaged in Māori business development.  It also attracts other New Zealanders who wish to learn how to work more effectively with Māori within the Māori economy.This postgraduate diploma is part of the Te Tohu Huanga Māori Business Development programme and can lead to higher study.



At minimum, you will have

  • Completed a bachelor’s degree and at least two year’s relevant employment experience
  • An approved professional qualification and at least two year’s relevant employment experience
  • Completed at least five years relevant employment experience


Time commitment

Every PGDipBus Māori Development graduate will tell you that getting the most out of the programme demands a lot of your time and support from your whanau, hapū and iwi as well as your work colleagues.

The programme is part-time with eight courses spread over two years, one course per Quarter. Each Quarter runs for ten weeks, plus one assessment week and one break week.

You will be actively studying for 30 hours per Quarter and for each hour you should commit approximately three hours to personal study and group study.


Programme delivery

The programme is being offered in Te Tai Tokerau, Tāmaki Makaurau and Te Tai Rāwhiti regions. All prospective students will apply to the Tāmaki Makaurau (City) Campus.

The programme will be delivered using a combination of wānanga and online learning. The wānanga will be held over two days, in your region, at the beginning of each Quarter, followed by weekly online tutorials, zoom meetings, and one-on-one sessions with your lecturer. Every student will receive online learning support and pastoral care.



Participants must complete a minimum of 120 points from the following courses:

Year 1 (60 points):

Course title Points Course outline Course code
Whai Rawa: Māori Economies 15 Course outline MAORIDEV 720
Te Whakamana Rōpū Māori: Governance and Management 15 Course outline MAORIDEV 731
Whakatairanga Huanga Māori: Marketing 15 Course outline MAORIDEV 732
Tikanga Ture mo ngā Huanga Māori: Legal Studies 15 Course outline MAORIDEV 722

Year 2 (60 points):

Course title Points Course outline Course code
Whakatakinga Tahua Huanga Māori: Accounting and Finance 15 Course outline MAORIDEV 734
Te Whakapakari Huanga Māori: Māori Entrepreneurship 15 Course outline MAORIDEV 721
Tātaritanga Huhua: Quantitative Analysis 15 Course outline MAORIDEV 733
Tikanga Māhere i te Ao Māori: Strategy 15 Course outline MAORIDEV 738

Further information on course requirements is available on the University of Auckland Calendar:


Important dates

Quarter 2 – Start March 2021

Quarter starts Quarter ends Exam date
Quarter 2 Mon 29/03/2021 Fri 04/06/2021 Sat 12/06/2021
Quarter 3 Mon 21/06/2021 Fri 27/08/2021 Sat 4/09/2021
Quarter 4 Mon 13/09/2021 Fri 19/11/2021 Sat 27/11/2021

Applications close 1 February 2021. Late applications will be considered if places are still available.

Programme Orientation will be held at the Tāmaki Makaurau Campus on Friday 12, Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 March 2021.

For more information please contact Ngaroimata Reid, Student and Programme Adviser




2020 PGDipBus students

  Duration and points Fees (NZD)
Postgraduate Diploma in Business (PGDipBus) 2 years – 120 points $18,615.60*

Amount shown is indicative*. Students should also allow for up to $2500 annually for additional costs including admission fee, student services fee, textbooks, printing and parking.

New Zealand Government’s Fees Free
PGDipBus students may be eligible for the Government’s Fees Free for up to a maximum of $12,000 for the first-year of study or equivalent. You can check your eligibility for Fees Free on the Tertiary Education Commission’s website.


Scholarships, awards and grants

He Hua Kauanuanu Study Grant
Every student enrolling in this programme is eligible to receive a study grant of $6,205 which is paid toward course fees, with $3,105.50 awarded upon the successful completion of each study year.

He Hua Kauanuanu Study Grant is awarded from the Dean of the Auckland Business School and is to support the fulfilment of individual and collective potential, and help the Māori economy bear fruit.

Sir Hugh Kawharu Foundation PGDipBus Māori Development Award
The Sir Hugh Kawharu Foundation PGDipBus Māori Development Award is awarded to one student annually, who receives $2,500 per year to contribute to course fees.

This scholarship was established to encourage and support a Māori student to undertake a Postgraduate Diploma in Business in Māori Development at the University of Auckland. Learn more.

Māori and Pacific Scholarships and Awards
Students can access a range of postgraduate scholarships, awards and grants through the University or external organisations. Learn more.​

For more information please contact Ngaroimata Reid, Student and Programme Adviser.


Pathways to further study

Graduates of the Postgraduate Diploma in Business in Māori Development who complete the programme with a ‘B-’ average could be eligible to go on to study a MBM or MBusDev.




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