OSTC Manaaki Tauira

Are you at high school and are interested in learning about the Māori culture of New Zealand?

Stand tall and be proud of your whakapapa.

You will learn the importance of strong connections to your cultural heritage and the value these can bring to a wide range of career paths.

You will also gain 24 credits towards NCEA.

  • Learn from tutors and kaumātua
  • Visit marae
  • learn about cooking and hospitality on marae
  • Learn about traditional food gathering

What could I do next?

  • Complete the New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) (Bridging to Business) or New Zealand Diploma in Business (Level 5) at Otago Polytechnic, the New Zealand Certificate in Tourism (Level 4) (Operations), or the New Zealand Diploma in Tourism and Travel (Level 5),
  • Complete the New Zealand Certificate in Food and Beverage Service 
  • Complete the New Zealand Certificate in Cookery 
  • Apply for the Royal New Zealand Police College or to a College of Education.

Where could this take me?

  • Cultural Interpretation Specialist
  • Māori and Indigenous Culture Studies
  • Business person/Entrepreneur
  • Teacher training
  • NZ Police Force
  • Tourism Guide

What is OSTC?

The Otago Secondary-Tertiary College (OSTC) is our trades academy. We offer practical, career-focused learning for students in Years 11-13 who want to get a head start on life after school. You’ll develop hands-on skills and experience to help you prepare for further study, on-the-job training and employment.

Your programme will be one subject of your NCEA. You’ll spend one or two days a week at OSTC and the rest of the week at school as normal.

OSTC has a campus in Dunedin and one in Cromwell.

Find out more

A change for 2023 enrolments

When you apply to study with Otago Polytechnic in 2023, 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. The great news is that this enables us to share skills and knowledge across a network of passionate education providers, to better help you succeed. Enrolling in programmes that start in 2023, means that 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.