Diploma in Early Childhood Education (Pasifika)

Te Tohu Pokairua Matauranga Kohungahunga (Pasifika)

Familiarise yourself with Pasifika culture and understanding in an ECE context.


Students completing this programme will gain the qualification of New Zealand Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 5) – Te Tohu Pokairua Matauranga Kohungahunga Manaaki (Level 5).

This programme will deliver an introduction to Pasifika ways of learning. Through a better understanding of Pasifika cultures, you will be able to respond appropriately to Pasifika children and families in the ECE environment.

There will be a strong emphasis on Pasifika views of the child and childhood. You will be introduced to Pasifika metaphors such as talanoa and teu le va, and deepen your understanding of the strengths and resilience of Pasifika children.

Students who graduate with the New Zealand Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 5) may be able to progress to a Level 7 ECE initial teacher education programme if they meet the entry criteria.

If you are not qualified and complete this Level 5 programme, you will be provided with a credit of prior learning for two papers in our Bachelor of Teaching (ECE), which would reduce your degree by six months.

Programme delivery
Te ara tuku

Four 30-credit papers will be taught over a one-year period through a combination of online and face-to-face learning.

Two of the papers will be taught concurrently in Semester 1 with the remaining two taught concurrently in Semester 2.

You will be required to work (either employed or voluntarily) at an ECE centre for a minimum of 12 hours a week under the supervision of a registered teacher with a full practising certificate.

Admission requirements
Nga hiahiatanga tono

To apply for this programme, you must:

  • be at least 17 years old (or 18 years old if you are an international student, with the minimum entry requirement being Academic IELTS Level 5.5, with no score lower than 5)
  • provide a written reference (this cannot be from a family member or friend)
  • provide evidence that you will be working with children in an early childhood service at the time of entry
  • pass a children’s worker safety check as required under the Vulnerable Children Act 2014
  • have NCEA Level 3 (including 10 literary credits at Level 2 and 10 numeracy credits at Level 1). However, if you do not have NCEA Level 3 or its equivalent, we will still consider your application on a case-by-case basis.


2019 Semester 1 Key Dates

Start date: 4 February
Block course 1: 7, 8, 9 February
Mid-semester break: 8-21 April
Block course 2: 23, 24 April
End date: 23 June

2019 Semester 2 Key Dates

Start date: 15 July
Block course 1: 17,18,19 July
Mid-semester break: 30 September - 13 October
Block course 2: 18, 19 September
End date: 1 December



Nga pepa

The Pasifika Ways of Knowing and Being 1  
This paper is an introduction to the Pasifika ways of knowing and being, using indigenous ways of expression and responding appropriately to Pacific children and families. Topics covered include languages, identities, spirituality, health and wellbeing and implications for pedagogy, and funds of knowledge.  

Te Ha o te Tamaiti The Child 1  
The paper explores how infants, toddlers and young children develop a sense of self and the importance of children’s sense of identity for their well-being, learning and development. These are examined in the light of theories and research of teaching, learning, and human development.

The Pasifika Ways of Knowing and Being 2  
This paper introduces the social and political contexts that shape society’s views of Pasifika children and their families within ECE contexts. Pasifika metaphors such as talanoa and teu le va are introduced as frameworks to interpret and understand the strengths and resilience of Pacific children and what they bring to their learning opportunities.

Te Ha o te Ao hurihuri Contexts of Early Childhood 1  
This paper investigates the social, historical and political contexts that shape society’s views of the family, whanau, infants, toddlers and young children, and early childhood education.  Pasifika early childhood education in Aotearoa New Zealand are examined.