Manaaki Tāpoi Cultural Tourism
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.
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 Maori and the value these connections can bring to a wide range of career paths. All this and you will be several steps closer to achieving NCEA Level 2 and/or 3.
Time: 4 x 1 week block courses
Location: 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
- Royal New Zealand Police College
- NZ Certificate in Tourism Maori L3
- UNIVERSITY STUDIES:
- Graduate Diploma of Teaching
- Business and Management Degrees
Cultural Interpretation Specialists
Maori and Indigineous Culture Studies
NZ Police Force
For Mannie, the Manaaki Tāpoi programme has allowed him to learn more about his Maori culture. He was a bit anxious at first but has found the course so much fun and is grateful for the opportunity to find out more about his Maori heritage.
“I enjoy connecting with the other students and the tutors on the course. I particularly enjoy the bonding activities where we get to know the other students. Some of the activities have been challenging, especially if I tried to rush them. It worked so much better for me when I slowed down and took my time.
I like going to Whenua Iti and to the Marae as they are quiet places with plenty of space and you don’t get distracted. Our tutors are really helpful and together they share their knowledge and customs with us.”
Keeping up with his school work hasn’t been difficult for Mannie. “I find when I get back from Manaaki I have a momentum to get going with my school work and I catch up easily.”
For Tama, the Manaaki Tāpoi course was a once in a lifetime opportunity. He enjoyed it so much in 2016 that he is completing the second year of the programme in 2017. “I learnt more about the Maori culture, including all about my ancestors and the old places used for ceremonies and living. The highlights for me were meeting people from the marae where we stayed (some were my cousins!) and being in the outdoors.”
Tama says the activities were really fun and interesting and the tutors were very friendly and approachable. “I learnt to do lots of things, such as weaving and cooking. It was great cooking kaimoana on an open fire – the food tasted like the sea!”
Tama isn’t sure exactly what he wants to do in the future, but his plans may include training as a builder or becoming a Maori tour guide.