Te Tupu Tahi

A NorthTec & Restaurant Association Traineeship

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Ko te tupu o te māhuri tera te tupu o te rakau.
The bend in a young sapling is indicative of how the tree will grow.

Te Tupu Tahi has been developed by the Restaurant Association and NorthTec after recognising a need to grow and develop the hospitality industry in Te Tai Tokerau.  Te tupu tahi represents ‘to grow together or simultaneously’ which is what this traineeship aims to do: grow the akōnga/employee as well as the business and therefore the hospitality industry as a whole.  By upskilling the employee, they will gain a sense of accomplishment, increase industry knowledge, and therefore be a more valuable asset to the business itself.  This will in turn improve productivity, reduce staffing turnover, empower staff, and ultimately improve the business overall.  

Trainees/Māhuri will be supported in their workplace, by the Restaurant Association Te Tupu Tahi coordinator and by NorthTec’s kaiako.  This will enhance the workplace learning and focus predominantly on students acquiring underpinning knowledge to integrate with their practical workplace learning experiences.  Trainees will be referred to as māhuri, meaning sapling, as they represent a young tree that we will nurture, shape, develop, and teach to grow for the industry.

By reviewing māhuri’s prior skills and mahi, and discussion with the employer, this programme serves to greatly reduce the time away from the business to complete all requirements of the qualifications of the NZ Certificate in Cookery Level 3 and Level 4.

Qualifications gained

At the completion of this programme, you will gain:

Entry requirements

This is an in-work training scheme and applicants must already working in the hospitality industry in Northland Te Tai Tokerau.

In addition, 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

Applicants for whom English is not a first language must have an IELTS score of 5 with no band score lower than 5; or an accepted international equivalence.

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

From 1 January 2023, all NorthTec learners will be part of Te Pūkenga. Please note that these programmes of study are currently under review as part of the reform of vocational education training and may be subject to change.

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3 & 4


Full time/Part time



Start Dates

Rolling intake

Cost Incl. GST (Approx):

2022 Fees: Level 3: $3,453.73
Level 4: $7,411.90

International: Programme not open to international students

Phone 0800 162 100
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