Te Whakamahi Whenua (Level 3)


Kokiri Training Centre, 51 Macandrew Road, Dunedin

Twenty weeks full time

This programme is delivered through Arai Te Uru Kokiri Centre due to a sub-contract arrangement between Otago Polytechnic and the provider. It consists of timetabled face-to-face in class teaching, wananga and field trips.

Email admin@kokiricentre.co.nz

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).

Graduates will be ideally suited to adventure tourism roles (guiding; hosting and supporting tourists in outdoor activities.) They will have foundations in primary industry pathways, such as commercial fishing, forestry, agriculture and horticulture, and be able to use a holistic framework and understand the steps needed in working towards protecting and enhancing our environment.

Entry requirements
  • Open entry.
  • This programme is not available for international students.

Note: If you are under 16 years old, you must provide an Early Leaving Exemption letter from the Ministry of Education. 

Additional costs

You will need appropriate clothing and footwear for outdoor activities, including wetsuit, tramping boots and a sleeping bag.

Please note: You can hire essential equipment from Kokiri for the duration of the programme, if required.

Your workload

30 hours per week for 20 weeks. (25 hours are timetabled activities and the other 5 hours are self-directed activities.)

Programme structure
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 korero, 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.

Further study options
Student loans and allowances with TTAF

Whilst this programme is free for you to study via the Trades and Apprenticeship Fund (TTAF), this fund only covers tuition fees and compulsory costs such as student levies. 

It does not cover any additional costs or living costs. 

You can pay for additional and living costs by yourself if that is possible or by applying for a loan/allowance through Studylink. 

It is important to apply for your student loan/allowance at the same time as you apply for this programme, due to the length of time Studylink take to process. Loan applications can be cancelled at any time if you decide to withdraw your programme application or if it is unsuccessful. 

  • For information about student loans and allowances please visit the Studylink website 
Contact us
  • For questions about the programme, please contact the Arai Te Uru Kokiri Training Centre on 03 455 5725 or email manager@kokiricentre.co.nz
  • For questions about your actual application, please email ebsSOS@op.ac.nz.