Mahika Kai

Gain experience with traditional Māori food production and harvesting with a qualification in Mahika Kai. You will learn the value of food resources and their ecosystems from our natural environment, with a tailored, hands-on approach to study.


gathering of people eating hāngī food; in the foreground a woman is placing food on her plate while others are seated in the background

A Mahika Kai qualification from Otago Polytechnic can build on your existing traditional Māori knowledge, while leading you through the traditional ways of food production, harvesting and management methods. As well as practicing Mahika Kai, you’ll gain an understanding of te pono me te tika, whanaungatanga, kaitiakitanga, pukengatanga and rangatiratanga.

Our Mahika Kai course is taught through the Arai Te Uru Kokiri Centre. You’ll gain a mix of practical experience through face-to-face in class learning, wananga and field trips.

Mahika Kai qualifications

Agriculture & Animal Healthcare, Horticulture

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.


20 Weeks Full-time


Blended learning


Kokiri Training Centre, Dunedin

Career potential

Conservationist, Guide, Host, Tourism, Wellbeing Assessor, Whānau Support

Kokiri Training Centre

Kokiri Training Centre

The Kokiri Training Centre in South Dunedin provides education in a kaupapa Māori environment.

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