New Zealand Certificate in Manaaki Marae - Te Nihowera, Te Ringawera (Kaupae 3)

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This programme combines culinary skills with Tikanga, Te Reo and Mātauranga Māori, giving ākonga the skills and knowledge to engage confidently in a Whare Kai setting.

Students will be involved in preparing, cooking and serving the popular “Whare Kai” meals to NorthTec students, staff and the community at Te Puna o Te Mātauranga marae.

What you will learn

This qualification will provide marae, communities, and the hospitality industry with people who have kitchen skills, developed in a kaupapa Māori context.

Graduates of this qualification will have the skills and knowledge to take some responsibility for food preparation and cooking. They will be able to work independently under limited supervision and as part of a team, as well as working in accordance with tikanga and marae kawa.

Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

  • Apply te reo me ngā tikanga of mahinga kai, to illustrate the use and kaitiakitanga of kai Māori

  • Participate in a pōwhiri, and apply te reo me ngā tikanga of karakia and waiata in relation to pōwhiri, to demonstrate understanding of hui tikanga

  • Apply knowledge of whanaungatanga and mahi tahi to contribute to the achievement team outcomes

  • Apply health, safety, and hygiene processes and practices to ensure own safety and the safety of others, and to demonstrate pūkengatanga

  • Apply cookery skills to prepare, cook, and present a range of dishes commonly served in the wharekai as expressions of manaakitanga

​Courses in this programme

Courses Level Credits
3493.0001 - Te Reo me ngā Tikanga and Traditional Kai Māori 3 15
3493.0002 - Whanaungatanga 3 15
3493.0003 - Health, Safety and Hygiene 3 15
3493.0004 - Cookery Skills 3 15

Entry requirements

All applicants must:

  • be at least 16 years old at the time the programme commences

  • be able to read, write, and communicate in English at a basic level

  • be physically able to complete the programme-specific outcomes.

Qualification gained

New Zealand Certificate in Manaaki Marae – Te Nihowera, Te Ringawera (Kaupae 3)

Courses and programmes may be cancelled, postponed or have their content or configuration changed from time to time (including during the academic year) at the discretion of NorthTec. Fees are an indication, include GST and apply to domestic students only. View terms and conditions

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Full time


1 semester (3 days/week)

Start Dates

Whangarei: TBC

Cost Incl. GST (Approx):

Domestic: $1,444.14

Student levy may apply

International: Programme not open to international students

Programme Code


Phone 0800 162 100
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