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

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

Level 3

A photograph showing the roof of the Marae at UCOL Masteron campus
Quick info

Level: 3

Locations: Taumarunui

Duration: 19 weeks

2022 Dates TBC

Domestic Fees: *
$3786.07Scholarship 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)
  • New Zealand Certificate in Food and Beverage Service (Level 3).

 Course Information

This programme comprises 60 credits

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 have already been met. Applications will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis in accordance with the UCOL Academic Statute and other relavant policies and procedures.

Application checklist
It will make the process easier if you prepare the following before you apply:

  • National Student Number (NSN) (If you don't have a NSN, you may request one from NZQA, or you can supply a verified copy of your birth certificate, passport or Whakapapa statement.)
  • Evidence of your highest level of academic achievement (and evidence of prior learning, if applicable)
  • Evidence that you meet the entry requirements of the programme
  • Check if you're eligible for additional support or a scholarship. If you're 19 years or younger, you may be eligible to enrol in one of our free Youth Transition programmes.

Note that you will need to provide any verified documents in person, via post or email (not via the online application form).


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.