Te Whakamahi Whenua (Level 3)

Understand the steps needed towards protecting and enhancing our natural environment. Learn to apply a holistic framework to your future work and gain an understanding of industries such as commercial fishing, forestry, agriculture and horticulture.

About the programme

Are you interested in Mahika Kai? Do you have some experience with traditional food production and harvesting?

Te Whakamahi Whenua (Level 3) builds on your existing skills and knowledge in this area and leads to the New Zealand Certificate in Māori Traditional Food Production, Harvest and Management (Level 3).

This programme is delivered through Arai Te Uru Kōkiri Training Centre and your learning will be a blend of timetabled face-to-face classroom teaching, wānanga and field trips.

Graduates will be ideally suited to adventure tourism roles such as guiding, or hosting and supporting tourists in outdoor activities.

You will gain foundation skills in primary-industry pathways such as commercial fishing, forestry, agriculture and horticulture, be able to use a holistic framework, and understand the steps needed in working towards protecting and enhancing our environment.


Course Credits
Te Pono me te Tika 20
Whanaungatanga 10
Kaitiakitanga 10
Pukengatanga 10
Rangatiratanga 10


This programme is delivered through a combination of classroom learning and hands-on learning.

Facilitators use kōrero, presentations, visuals, study notes, reliable information from websites and other texts to support an interactive approach that delivers knowledge and supports the introduction and practice of skills and tikanga.

Practical skills are introduced by facilitator demonstration, group activities and practical tasks, and you will get the opportunity to undertake real-world activities.

Self-directed work involves investigation and completion of individual assignments for assessment.

The Kōkiri Training Centre is located at 51 Macandrew Road in South Dunedin.

We are part of Te Pūkenga

When you apply to study with Otago Polytechnic, you will be enrolled with Te Pūkenga, the new national network of vocational and applied education in Aotearoa New Zealand. You will learn in the same way, in the same place, and with the same people, and you will graduate with a Te Pūkenga qualification.


While every effort is made to ensure that this sheet is accurate, Otago Polytechnic reserves the right to amend, alter or withdraw any of the contained information. The fees shown in this document are indicative only. Both domestic and international fees are subject to change and are dependent on the development and implementation of Government policies. Please note that additional fees may from time to time be required for external examination, NZQA fees and/or additional material fees.