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Te Taketake is a 2 year DAPAANZ  endorsed NZQA Level 7 Diploma in Applied Addictions Counselling.

Please Note: APPLICATIONS ARE OPEN and you must apply through the Otago Polytech Website: https://www.op.ac.nz/study/health-and-community/social-services/diploma-in-applied-addictions-counselling/

The Moana House Training Institute is pleased to offer Te Taketake, a two year Diploma in Applied Addictions Counselling. This course is recognized by DAPAANZ, New Zealand's professional association for people working in drug and alcohol additctions.  Successful completion of this programme will enable you to be considered for Provisional registration with DAPAANZ as long as you meet their criteria.

This diploma combines Te Aka (Year 1) and Te Rea (Year 2) with the addition of Te Hauhakenga, practical work and Competencies – the training will take place on seven (7) three day wānanga/ workshops throughout the year, plus an assessment wānanga.  All wānanga are Friday-Sunday.  Some of the teaching will be done together, but most of it will take place in separate streams according to the year of study you are in. 

For past Students of Te Taketake who have Level 6 there is a bridging option available to move to Level 7.  Please contact us for an enrolment form and more information.


This course is taught in a bi-cultural waananga format.

STREAM - 1 NORTH             STREAM 2 - SOUTH

March 8th - 10th                                              March 22nd - 24th
April 12th - 14th                                               April 26th - 28th
May 10th - 12th                                                May 24th - 26th
June 7th - 9th                                                   June 21st - 23rd
August 9th - 11th                                              August 23rd - 25th
September 6th - 8th                                         September 13th - 15th           October 11th - 13th       October 25th - 27th                 November 8th - 10th                                       November 22nd - 24th


This course is taught in a bi-cultural waananga format.

STREAM - 1 NORTH             STREAM 2 - SOUTH

March 6th - 8th                                              March 20th - 22nd
March 26th - 29th                                         April 16th - 19th
May 8th - 10th                                                May 22nd - 24th
June 12th - 14th                                              June 26th - 28th
August 6th - 9th                                              August 20th - 23rd
September 11th - 13th                                     September 25th - 27th           October 9th - 11th       October 23rd - 25th                 November 6th - 8th                                     November 20th - 22nd

“Kua whakamanahia tēnei akoranga e Te Mana Tohu Mātauranga o Aotearoa i raro i te wāhanga 249 o te Ture Matauranga 1989, ā, kua whakamanahia a Downie Stewart Foundation Trading as Moana House Training Institute ke te whakarato i taua akoranga i raro i te wāhanga 250 o te Ture.”

“The programme is approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority under section 249 of the Education Act 1989, and Downie Stewart Foundation Trading as The Moana House Training Institute is accredited to provide it under section 250 of the act.”


Te Taketake is designed for adult tauira (students) who are already engaged in working in the mental health and addictions sector.  Other people are considered to the extent that they have the opportunity to work with tangata whaiora who are affected by addiction. It is essential that tauira have access to this type of work as Te Taketake is an applied qualification, requiring 400 horus of supervised practice over two years). Placements are NOT arranged for tauira.

There are no formal academic prerequisites although it is expected that tauira have achievement of Level 5 or above.  We are aware, however, that some tauira will initially present a range of skills in study and writing. 

The course is available for those who can meet the following requirements:

  • Have demonstrated capacity to study at tertiary level 7.

  • Have written ability in English comparable to Year 11.

  • Have access to a computer and have basic computer and word processing skills (for all assignments/essays).

  • Are willing to commit to attending all study waananga. (Attendance requirement of 80% or more ).

  • Able to undertake self directed learning of at least 10 hours per week.

  • Must have been in recovery for a minimum of 2 years for any substance or process addictions and offending.

  • A Ministry of Justice Criminal Record Check is part of the enrolment process (but does not mean automatic exclusion - all applicants considered) - please note, as this process takes up to 20 working days please submit your enrolment ASAP and forward the results once received.

  • Will commit to paying all fees and course related costs or must be able to obtain scholarship. 2019 course fees are yet to be confirmed, (2018 Fees were $3,451 per year). Textbooks and other costs are separate.

  • Payment of tuition fees (plus GST) will be due in full before the start date of the first Waananga (March 9 2019).

  • Payment plans and student loans are available through Otago Polytechnic.

 Students must also demonstrate commitment to:

  • Studies leading to successful completion.

  • Attaining course text books (A book list will be provided).

  • Learning as part of a group.

  • Professional behaviour and conduct.

  • Being open to bi-cultural inclusion/practice as part of learning environment.


CRITERIA FOR direct ENTRY to te Rea (Level 2)

Determining if you meet the academic requirements for prior learning is an extensive process.  To gain direct entry you must be able to pass all Te Aka (Year 1) requirements as laid out in the attached material.

For RPL to be considered you will need a level 5 or higher qualification in a related health/social services role.

Te Taketake diploma is an applied qualification which means that all theory must be demonstrated in practice.  If your Level 5 (or better) qualification was not an applied course, you will be required to submit evidence of the application of theory in practice.

Any application must include evidence of at least 200 hours client contact.

Here is a detailed list of what you will need to provide to be considered for direct entry to Te Taketake Year 2 via RPL:

  • A recent curriculum vitae

  • A certified copy of your Level 5 qualifications (a photocopy certified by a JP or court official)

  • The academic transcript(s) provided by the institution(s) with whom you have studied

  • A copy of the course curriculum of any relevant qualification you have completed

  • A completed form that lists the evidence you are providing to meet each learning objective

  • Any work you are submitting that was not completed as part of your qualification must be verified by your manager or supervisor to confirm that it is your own work. This includes evidence ofy our 200 hours of counselling practice.

  • Any learning outcome not covered in your qualification(s) or certified by your workplace can be submitted in another form. For example, an essay or a testimonial. Any written work must be verified by your manager or a similar authority.

  • Contact details for two referees. At least one of these people must have knowledge of you in your current work environment as a colleague/manager/supervisor.

  • A completed 2019 Te Taketake Enrollment Form.

  • A covering letter detailing why you should be considered for direct entry to Year 2.

  • An RPL fee of $450. Payment must be included with your application otherwise it will not be processed. Payment can be made by cheque or direct to MHTI account with your name as a reference.

  • Apply through Otago Polytech and complete the 2019 Te Taketake Enrolment Form. The link to apply through Otago Polytech is: https://www.op.ac.nz/study/health-and-community/social-services/diploma-in-applied-addictions-counselling/

The RPL process is a time consuming as you are being asked to provide evidence that could allow you to complete one year of study rather than two.  To maintain the integrity of the diploma, it is therefore a rigorous process.  When an assessor knows an applicant, an alternative assessor will be found.  Some successful RPL applications have said it would have been easier to have completed the first year and treated it as an opportunity for revision.

Tips from the RPL assessors:

  • Allow more time than you expect to complete the application.

  • Ensure the evidence you provide explicitly relates to each learning outcome.

  • Don't assume that the evidence is obvious to the assessor.

The closing date for all RPL applications is November 30 2018.  This date will not be extended so please ensure you have given yourself enough time.  If you need any assistance or guidance on the RPL process, please contact Claire Aitken in the first instance.

Moana House Training Institute, PO Box 619, Dunedin 9054 OR 401 High Street, Dunedin Central, Dunedin 9016.

Or scan and email to Claire Aitken: claire@moanahouse.org.nz

Click on the link below to download a PDF with all the information required for RPL Entry: 

Please click here for Information for Students requesting Direct Entry into Te Rea 2018

Please note: There are no places available in Rotorua for direct entry intoYear 2 for 2019.  The only places available are in Dunedin.



Sean Manning, Claire Aitken, Takurua Tawera, Maynard Gilgen, Matetu Mihinui, Lynere Wilson, Dr. Fraser Todd, Daryle Deering, Huia Aparangi Kiri Kiri, Megan Phillips, Norm Vaele, Lealofi Sio, Blondie Ngamoki, and visiting specialists.

For further information regarding Te Taketake please contact us.



We have partnered with Otago Polytechnic. All Course enrolments are now done through the Otago Polytech website.

If you wish to enrol in Te Taketake, please click on the link below to take you to the Otago Polytechnic website:


Closing Date for enrolments is November 30 2018.

comments from past students

“I have failed two degrees at another polytechnic, which took a combined total of 10 years of studying, left me with a huge student loan debt. I have never felt so supported with all my studies I have done in my life, and I am nearly 50! Te Taketake epitomises how kaupapa Maori should be part of curriculum. Their kaiako, venues and teaching styles are second to none. I feel confident to learn and turn up to noho because of these amazing kaiako.”

“Conducting a level 7 Diploma within a Te Ao Maori framework, Waananga based, has been enjoyable and a comfortable learning environment.”

“My Te Taketake tutors have continually supported and encouraged positive learning outcomes through making themselves available and encouraging students to reach out and ask for help if struggling or needing assistance.”

NZQA Level 7 Diploma MOnitoring Report

2017 Report