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New Zealand Certificate in Manaaki Marae - Te Nihowera, Te Ringawera

New Zealand Certificate in Manaaki Marae - Te Nihowera, Te Ringawera

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Quick info

Level: 3

Locations: UCOL Wairarapa in Masterton, Taumarunui

Duration: 19 weeks

02 Mar 2020 - 10 Jul 2020
20 Jul 2020 - 27 Nov 2020 (Masterton intake)

Domestic Fees: *
$3,748.00Scholarship info

International Fees:*

Additional Fees
Compulsory course costs may apply.

* Fees are indicative only, and are inclusive of the student services levy and GST (goods and services tax). The fee shown is for one year of study.

UCOL’s New Zealand Certificate in Manaaki Marae - Te Nihowera, Te Ringawera (Level 3) sees preparation and cookery of kai Māori interwoven with te reo Māori and tikanga, delivered in a kaupapa Māori context.

 Career & Study Outcomes

Career & Study Outcomes

Graduates will have the skills and knowledge to work as apprentices and trainees, or in similar entry-level roles in all sectors of the hospitality industry, including roles as:
• kitchen steward
• food prep assistant
• café assistant
• barista
• commis/junior cook
• ringawera. 

Graduates will also have the skills and knowledge to support whānau, hapū, iwi, and hapori by working, under limited supervision, in the wharekai and/or kāuta.

Education Pathway

Graduates of this programmes could go on to study further cookery and hospitality programmes including the New Zealand Certificate in Cookery (Level 4) and New Zealand Certificate in Food and Beverage Service (Level 3).

 Course Information

He Kaitiakitanga o ngā Kai Māori (15 Credits) 

Develop understanding and apply traditional kaitiakitanga (guardianship) concepts in mahinga kai. Learn how to how to source, gather, harvest and prepare a range of kai Māori (food), both traditional and contemporary. You’ll also learn to use te Reo Māori to identify different kai Māori.

Whanaungatanga (15 Credits)

Learn to work collectively and collaboratively in a team environment to express whanaungatanga (kinship/a sense of family connection) in a marae setting.

Te Tikanga Haumaru (10 Credits)

This course covers health and safety, food safety, and personal hygiene requirements for the wharekai. You’ll learn how to identify food preparation hazards in the wharekai and use food safety techniques to ensure cleanliness of food production areas.

Te Mahi Wharekai (20 Credits)
Learn to plan an event and prepare, cook and serve basic dishes in the wharekai. In terms of event planning, this course covers pōwhiri/whakatau, menu, and manaakitanga (hospitality) of manuhiri (guests).

 Domestic Entry Requirements

NCEA Level 1
Equivalent academic achievement
On a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the Executive Dean 


For more information about NCEA Credits see UCOL's NCEA explained page.

 International Entry Requirements

In addition to the Domestic Entry Requirements, the following applies to international student applicants.

English language proficiency                                                                                                                    

International student applicants whose first language is not English must  have an IELTS General or Academic score of at least 5 with no band score lower than 5 (or equivalent including TOEFL).
IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form (i.e. combining scores from more than one test is not permissible).  

 Advice & Guidance

This programme may require you to work outside of normal class hours.
Please be aware of the physical requirements for operating in a commercial kitchen environment. You will be advised to put any special needs or requirements in writing and advise the Programme Leader before the programme begins.
A basic understanding of te reo Māori me ōna tikanga would be an advantage.

Recognition of prior learning

Applications for Recognition of Prior Learning, including Cross Credit, Credit Transfer and Assessment of Prior Learning may be made on the Recognition of Prior Learning Form where a student believes all learning outcomes for a course or unit standards have already been met.


The programme is approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority under the provisions of the Education Act 1989, and Universal College of Learning (UCOL) Trading as Universal College of Learning (UCOL) is accredited to teach it.