New qualification to support the kaimahi who nourish the community

April 14, 2020

Before New Zealand entered its current lockdown, Skills Active staff travelled to visit our friends at Kaiwaka Marae, Tikitiki on the East Coast, to launch our new qualification on hospitality in Māori and iwi settings – the New Zealand Certificate in Manaaki Marae.

This Level 3 qualification is for people who deliver food preparation and service in a marae or marae-like setting, such as an iwi commercial kitchen.

The programme recognises the skills of marae catering staff, who apply their culinary know-how, and commitment to food safety and sound nutrition, to provide guests with kai that nourishes the body, mind and soul.

Skills Active kaihautū Ron Taukamo says it’s fitting that the organisation launched the new qualification deep in the heart of Ngāti Porou country.

“Ngāti Porou was the first iwi to take part in Skills Active’s original marae catering qualification, which was launched in 2011 at Rauru marae, Ruatoria. Since then, more than 150 trainees have graduated with the support of Te Rūnanganui o Ngati Porou and various marae,” Mr Taukamo says.

“The new qualification provides a range of updates and we are thrilled to have it up and running.

“With level 4 COVID-19 restrictions currently in place, events and gatherings are on hold for the time being. However, when New Zealand begins to come out of lockdown, it will be more important than ever for marae to have qualified professional staff, trained in health and safety.

“And more than ever, we will be keen to enjoy the simple pleasures of coming together and sharing kai and companionship. This qualification will support the people who make those events possible,” Mr Taukamo says.

You can check out a video of the launch of the New Zealand Certificate in Manaaki Marae, on the Skills Active Facebook page.


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Esther McLaren

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About Skills Active

Skills Active Aotearoa is the industry training organisation for recreation, exercise, sport and performing arts. We are a non-profit organisation, 50% owned by Māori shareholders, and funded by government to promote careers and workforce development in our industries, work with those industries to create world-class qualifications, and support workplaces to train staff.