Otago Polytechnic

OSTC Manaaki Tauira


 For 2020, this course will be offered to all Otago school students.  


The Manaaki Tauira course is delivered in the form of three residential three-day weekend courses, with some online learning, and is 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.

You will also gain 27 credits towards NCEA.

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 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 (Level 4)
  • 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

Please note: In 2021, this programme will be delivered in three 3-day weekend courses throughout the year, with some online learning. It is facilitated by the Kokiri Training Centre. Dates and places will be confirmed after discussion with the group.

Unit standards covered in this course

Unit Standard

Manaaki Tauira




Prepare and provide kai services, as part of a team and under supervision for manuhiri




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



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.