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Te Taketake is a 2 year DAPAANZ  endorsed NZQA Level 7 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 bicultural waananga format.

STREAM - 1 NORTH             STREAM 2 - SOUTH

 March 9th - 11th                                                                 March 23rd - 25th
 April 6th - 8th                                                                      April 20th - 22nd

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

“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.”


The course is available to those who can meet the following requirements.

  • Who have access to clients/whaiora with addiction issues (400 clinical contact hours required to attain Diploma).
  • Have written ability in English comparable to Year 11.
  • Access to a computer and have basic computer skills, word processing skills (For all assignments/essays).
  • Are willing to commit to attending all study wananga (Requirement of 80% or more).
  • Can undertake self directed learning of at least 10 hours per week.
  • Has been in recovery for a minimum of 2 years for any substance or process addictions and offending.
  • A 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 check once received.
  • Demonstrated capacity to study at tertiary level 7.
  • Able to obtain scholarship or will commit to paying all fees and course related costs  
  • Payment of tuition fees (plus GST) will due in full before the start date of the course (February 19 2018).  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 (book list provided in the back under additional information).
  • 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 area.

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 2000 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 2018 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.

All applications for RPL must be submitted by November 30 2017.to:

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



Sean Manning, Claire Aitken, Takurua Tawera, Maynard Gilgen, Matetu Mihinui, Lynere Wilson, Dr. Fraser Todd, Daryle Deering, Huia Aparangi Kiri Kiri, Kirsty MacLeod, Megan Phillips, and visiting specialists.

For further information regarding Te Taketake please contact us.

NB: The Open Polytechnic is offering our students the option to up-skill in Tertiary Studies - please CLICK HERE for more information


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 2017.