Manaaki Tāpoi Cultural Tourism
Manaaki Tāpoi explores and celebrates the importance of Cultural Tourism within NZ and builds a deeper understanding of Te Āo Māori.
Take a journey through the cultural history of Te Tau Ihu o Te Waka a Maui (the Top of the South). Learn from expert tutors and kaumatua, visit and stay on marae across the region and interact with Māori business leaders of the region.
This programme is designed to be experiential and active whilst embedding and reinforcing pride in Aotearoa’s cultural heritage. You will learn the importance of strong connections to Te Ao Māori and the value these connections can bring to a wide range of career paths. Manaaki Tāpoi (Introduction) at Level 2 focuses on whanaungatanga, kaitiakitanga, serving of kai and te reo greetings and farewells used in tourism. On completion of Manaaki Tāpoi (Introduction), students can pathway onto the Manaaki Tāpoi (Advanced) programme at Level 3. This course focuses on kaitiaki practices in Māori Tourism and the history of natural attractions and significant sites in our region.
This is a unique programme option within New Zealand.
On completion of this course you will be able to:
- Explain kaitiakitanga in terms of how Māori interact with te taiao.
- Explain the use of tikanga Māori as part of exercising kaitiakitanga.
- Describe whanaungatanga in relation to the way Māori interact with the natural world.
- Describe whanaungatanga in relation to a local Māori environmental management system.
- Prepare wharekai for service, as part of a team, in accordance with kawa and tikanga.
- Serve kai, as part of a team, in accordance with kawa and tikanga.
- Clear tables, as part of a team, in accordance with kawa and tikanga.
- Clear wharakai after service, as part of team, in accordance with kawa and tikanga.
- Explain the importance of Māori place names in tourism.
- Present a short mihi and poroporoaki in te reo Māori with local tikanga.
- Explain kaitiaki practices in a Tourism Māori context.
- Participate in a noho marae.
- Identify and explain the cultural significance of natural attractions in tourism Māori.
- Identify and explain the cultural significance of man-made attractions in tourism Māori.
- Explain the importance of respecting Māori customs and practices in Tourism Māori.
- Contribute within a team or group which has an objective.
Note: If circumstances change there could be mixed models of delivery e.g online, face to face one day per week or block options.
Level 2 and 3 options
Starts: Term 1 and 2 intakes
4 x four day block courses (includes overnight)
Whenua Iti Outdoors
Pathways + Opportunities
- Certificate or Diploma in Adventure Tourism (NMIT)
- Certificate in Cultural Tourism – Sir George Seymour College
- Diploma in Tourism Management – Waiariki Institute of Technology
- NZ Certificate in Tourism Maori L3
- UNIVERSITY STUDIES:
- Graduate Diploma of Teaching
- Business and Management Degrees
- Tourism Guide
- Cultural Interpretation Specialists
- Maori and Indigenous Culture Studies
- Employment with: Prominent Maori Businesses and Iwi Trusts
Find out more about what you will learn in the programme
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Raumati sums up the Manaaki Tapoi programme using one word: “Whanaungatanga – it means that all of us here are whānau and we say that with pride. We’ve developed a real bond.”
Raumati heard about the programme through friends at school. “They said it would be a great experience to learn about tikanga maori and to connect with others that you haven’t met before.” And Raumati says that her experience has been even better than she expected. “As soon as we arrived we were meeting new people and making new friends. The Manaaki Tapoi programme has helped me to expand my knowledge and understanding, and to see things from new perspectives. It has really helped to build my self-confidence.”
Raumati has lots of plans for the future. Her goal is to become fluent in Te Reo and then use this knowledge to help teach other rangitahi.