Otago Polytechnic

OSTC Manaaki Tauira


Dunedin for 2020


Delivered in four block courses throughout the year. Each course is up to a week. Facilitated by the Kokiri Training Centre.

People travel from all around the world to learn more 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.

For more information about OSTC, visit www.op.ac.nz/ostc  

What will I do?

  • Learn from tutors and kaumātua
  • Stay on marae
  • Interact with Māori business leaders.

What could I do next?

  • Complete the New Zealand Certificate in Tourism (Level 4)(Operations), New Zealand Diploma in Tourism and Travel (Level 5), New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) (Bridging to Business) or New Zealand Diploma in Business (Level 5) at Otago Polytechnic.
  • Complete the Mahinga Kai - Te Hoata  (New Zealand Certificate in Māori Traditional Food Production, Harvest, and Management) Level 3 at Otago Polytechnic or the Kokiri Training Centre
  • Complete the Certificate in Maori Environment Practices level 4 through the Kokiri Training Centre
  • Apply for the Royal New Zealand Police College.

Where could this take me?

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

Please note: This programme is delivered in four block courses throughout the year, with each course up to a week long. It is facilitated by the Kokiri Training Centre.  Dates and places will be decided after consultation with the group.  

Unit standards covered in this course for 2020


Unit Standard

Manaaki Tauira



 31160  Prepare, cook, and present dishes for manuhiri 10 
 31162  Prepare and produce a hāngi in accordance with tikanga and provided plan 10 
21232 Describe the roles and responsibilities of ringawera in a marae wharekai 2 2


Explain kaitiakitanga in relation to the way Māori interact with the natural environment




Identify traditional kai and describe the gathering process




Explain Mahinga Kai in relation to the way Māori use taonga of the natural world





Carry out a local Mahinga Kai activity with direction





Explain the importance of Māori place names, and use reo Māori greetings and farewells in tourism




Describe whanaungatanga in relation to the way Māori interact with the natural world




Communicate in a team or group which has an objective



  Total Level 2  20  
  Total level 3  17  
  Total level 4   10  
  Total   47  

We are doing our best to ensure that this information is accurate. However, there may be some content changes to our programmes, and all our programmes will run subject to demand and capacity.



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.