Te Puna Wānaka  Te Puna Wānaka

Ko wai te whare nei? Ko Te Mātauranga Māori 
Mō wai te whare nei? Mō tātou katoa
What is the name of this place? It is the place of evolved knowledge
For whom does it provide? For all that seek it.

Nau Mai Ki Te Mātāpuna o te Mātauraka - Welcome to Te Puna Wānaka at CPIT.

We invite you to place your story in the midst of this exciting chapter of Māori and Pasifika self-determination, language revitalisation and community success. Our proud tradition of Māori and Pasifika engagement includes a formal relationship with local iwi Ngāi Tahu, commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi principles.

Te Puna Wānaka is located at our Madras Street Campus in Christchurch.

Industry and community

When you join the Te Puna Wānaka family you join an extended network that connects you to both the traditions of the past and the dreams of the future. Your individual journey becomes part of a wider journey supported by and inspired by the elders, the local iwi community, businesses and your dedicated tutors.


Designed to enhance your learning experience, ours is a stimulating and supportive whānau environment at Te Puna Wānaka. The building itself carries all the symbolism of a traditional wharenui Te Mātauranga Māori although it is highly stylised using modern materials and design. The Te Puna Wānaka values of manaakitanga, aroha, rangatiratanga and whanaungatanga exist easily within such a facility.

Subjects we teach

We offer a range of full time and part time courses in Māori and Pasifika Studies, Sports Training (TOA Sports) and Indigenous Culture and Māori language. Māori language qualifications are offered from entry level foundation studies through to programmes at certificate, diploma and degree level and are grounded in te reo and tikanga at all levels.

Workforce restrictions for children's workforce

If you have a criminal conviction, and you are studying (or considering studying) toward a qualification that will lead to a job in the state funded sector (including teaching or providing youth services) working directly with children, you will need to check whether your conviction could prevent you from working in some roles in your chosen field.

This is because new legislation, the Vulnerable Children's Act 2014, will prevent state sector agencies and government-funded service providers from hiring people with convictions for "specified offences" to work with children in some roles. The restrictions are planned to come into effect on 1 July 2015.

You can read the list of specified offences online here
You can get more information (including FAQ's) here
This information has been supplied by the Children's Action Plan Directorate and the Tertiary Education Commission.

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