OSTC Manaaki Tauira




The Manaaki Tauira course is facilitated by the Kokiri Training Centre, and in 2021 will be held at their Training Centre in South Dunedin on Fridays in Terms two, three, and four.  There will also be a 3-4 day wananga that will be held in the school holidays.  

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 24 credits towards NCEA.

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

What will I do?

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

In 2021, the Manaaki Tauira course will be run on Fridays, in Terms 2, 3 and 4. it will be held at the Kokiri Training Centre in South Dunedin. In addition there will be a 3-4 day wananga that will be held in the school holidays - dates to be finalised.  It is facilitated by the Kokiri Training Centre.

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


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




Identify traditional kai and describe the gathering process



21232 Describe the roles and responsibilities of ringawera in a marae wharekai 2 2
21248 Prepare, maintain, and clear a buffet in a marae wharekai 2 2

Prepare and serve beverages in a marae wharekai

2 2

Prepare equipment and cook kai in an oven to present for manuhiri

4 2

Practise food safety methods in a food business under supervision

4 2



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.