New Zealand Certificate in Manaaki Marae (Level 3)

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Who is this qualification for?  

This qualification is for people who wish to deliver top-notch food preparation and service in a marae or marae-like setting.

Marae catering staff know how to please a crowd with great-tasting food that's beautifully presented. They apply their culinary know-how, and a commitment to food safety and sound nutrition, to provide guests with kai that nourishes the body, mind and soul. 

This qualification will be delivered and assessed on-the-job in a marae or marae-like setting.

Trainees will graduate from this qualification with the ability to successfully work in a catering team, in accordance with tikanga and marae kawa.

What's involved?

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This 60-credit qualification covers the following skills and knowledge:

Preparing, cooking and presenting a range of dishes in a wharekai, as an expression of manaakitanga

Demonstrating pūkenga (skills and expertise) through the use of health, safety and hygiene skills to ensure one's own safety and the safety of others

Demonstrating an understanding of whanaungatanga and mahi tahi in order to contribute to team outcomes

Participating in a pōwhiri, using te reo and tikanga, and demonstrating an understanding of hui tikanga

Demonstrating an understanding of the use and tiakitanga of kai Māori.

This qualification is designed to be completed in 6-9 months.

Programme structure

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The programme is made up of the following unit standards:

Unit standard 23092 Participate in a noho marae and apply marae tikanga in the workplace L3 5 credits
Unit standard 31509 Participate in the performance of a waiata tautoko at a hui L2 3 credits
Unit standard 31161 Explain customary and traditional kai Māori, and the kaitiakitanga of kai Māori L3 6 credits
Unit standard 27510 Identify customary kai Māori and describe its gathering process L2 2 credits
Unit standard 27509 Describe manaaki in terms of the interactions between the tangata whenua and manuhiri in a marae wharekai L2 4 credits
Unit standard 167 Practise food safety methods in a food business under supervision L2 4 credits
Unit standard 24526 Apply safe working practices in a commercial kitchen L2 4 credits
Unit standard 168 Demonstrate knowledge of food contamination hazards, and control methods used in a food establishment L3 4 credits
Unit standard 27955 Apply food safety practices in a food-related establishment L3 5 credits
Unit standard 31288 Prepare and provide kai service, with limited supervision, for manuhiri L3 10 credits
Unit standard 30541 Prepare, cook, and present a range of dishes for manuhiri L3 15 credits

For more information on the content of these qualifications, visit the NZQA website, here.

What are the costs?

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On-job training costs workplaces both time and resources. It can mean covering registration fees, learning and assessment resources, allocating time for training, and having an appropriate assessment pathway available.  

Total costs for trainees will vary depending on how the qualification is delivered, how it is assessed and how much support the workplace can provide.   

To check out our fees list, click here. 

For more detailed information about the cost of doing an on-job qualification, get in touch. 

Where to from here?

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Keen to become qualified in manaakitanga? Think this might be the right qualification for your staff?  

To find out more, contact your regional Skills Active learning support advisor.   

Remember, to do this qualification on the job, a Skills Active trainee needs to be working as a volunteer or paid employee in a marae setting.

If you are interested in this qualification, but you're not currently employed in the industry, contact your local marae or a Skills Active learning support advisor to talk about how you can get involved.

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