Whenua Iti Outdoors in conjunction with Top of the South Trades Academy (TOTSTA) and West Coast Trades Academy (WCTA) deliver a range of outdoor and cultural Trades Academy programmes to Year 11 through to Year 13 students.
The leadership, personal and social development skills that are developed through challenging, outdoor experiences have long been well recognised. These courses offer opportunities to develop these important skills further and also offer a pathway to further study
For more information about about our Adventure Tourism courses use the links below:
Manaaki Tāpoi translates to Cultural Tourism and was newly developed in 2016. The programme celebrates the importance of cultural tourism and offers learning for students who wish to work in this area.
The programmes are delivered at significant sites around the top of the south and Wellington in conjunction with a range of Iwi. It is a unique course within New Zealand.
For more information about our Manaaki Tāpoi courses use the links below:
This course provides students with the opportunity to explore career pathways within the Uniformed Services, e.g. Search & Rescue, Coastguard, Emergency Services or Armed Forces. Students will focus on search and rescue, sea survival, emergency services and civil defence training in a variety of locations from mountain to sea.
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The Tourism Operations provides students with an opportunity to meet leading tourism operators and experience what they offer visitors to New Zealand. Students also learn about the unique attractions of different regions and to practice key skills required for the tourism industry. The programme is designed to appeal to students who respond well to learning in a practical environment.
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The Level 3 Environmental Science programme is designed to bring science to life through a series of field-based, environmental investigations. The programme focus is on developing an understanding of environmental science, environmental management and traditional Maori environmental management practices. Underpinning the curriculum is the development of crucial personal and social development skills transferable to any vocational pathway.
Service Industry Internships
The Service Industry Internship programme provides students with an opportunity to work for leading tourism operators in the Top of the South Island. Students will experience what services are on offer to visitors of New Zealand, learn about the unique local tourism attractions and practice key skills required for the service industry. The programme is designed for students who are looking to gain essential employment skills for the transition from school to the world of work.
What people say
"I really enjoyed learning Māori history, taking part in cultural activities like mau rakau, marae cook, powhiri, weaving with harakeke and staying at marae. I found the course really challenging but stuck it out, as I wanted to try as many experiences as possible and achieve the level 2 credits. The tutors were helpful and supportive, making sure everyone was involved."
Manaaki Tapoi Student, August 2015
"As the course progressed, we became more confident and comfortable greeting one another with a hongi, participating in welcoming visitors onto a marae, competing against each other in a marae cook off and being more open to new opportunities."
Manaaki Tapoi Student, August 2015