Manaaki Tāpoi Introduction (Level 2)

Course Aim

The Manaaki Tāpoi course celebrates the importance of Cultural (indigenous) Tourism. Learning will focus on key elements of Māori culture and how they are interpreted in cultural tourism experiences. Tauira will gain an appreciation for the high regard that Māori culture is held in by overseas visitors and will have an opportunity to interact with these visitors.

Each block of learning is held at a different locations across Te Tau Ihu (Top of the South Island). Students will have opportunities to spend time and stay overnight at local Maraes.

Learning Objectives

Students will have the opportunity to achieve academic learning objectives that contribute to their National Certificate of Education Achievement (NCEA) and develop crucial personal and social development skills.

Personal and Social Development Objectives:

Personal and social skills are transferable to any chosen career pathway and are considered essential skills by employers.

  • Increasing willingness to learn
  • Understanding and assuming personal responsibility
  • Developing belief in self and increasing confidence
  • Developing a positive attitude
  • Recognising and developing potential
  • Developing resilience skills (coping with challenge and change)
  • Developing positive communication skills

Course Outline & Assessments:

Course outline including academic learning objectives – Manaaki Tāpoi Level 2

For course specific assessments talk to your school Trades Academy coordinator or email [email protected]

Use links below to explore related courses and pathway options:

To view all Whenua Iti Outdoors Trades Academy programmes and a pathway diagram go to further resources section below.

The ‘Whenua Iti way’ or kaupapa is core to the outdoor education approach, which links to te ao Māori and tikanga Māori. This is seen in the inclusive approach to education and relationships to whānau contributing parity and high rates of achievement and success for all learners – NZQA 2019 Evaluation Report

Further resources

| Secondary School Programmes | Download our full programme brochure

| Trades Academy Programmes | Whenua Iti Outdoors (WIO) Trades Academy options

| Programme Pathways Diagram| WIO Trades Academy programme pathways

| Cultural Tourism | link to Careers NZ Tertiary Training and Career information

Key Components:

  • Cultural
  • Tourism
  • Trades

Open to:

Year 12-13 Students

NCEA Level:
11 credits at Level 2, 8 credits at Level 3


Four one-week blocks (Mon - Thurs)


Residential block course (includes overnights)


Tasman / Nelson / Marlborough / Golden Bay


Zero cost to students. Funded by the Ministry of Education.



Intake 1: 4 weeks across terms 1 & 2 – Dates to be confirmed.
Intake 2: 4 weeks across terms 3 & 4 – Dates to be confirmed.


Dates may be subject to change.
Some academic objectives may change to align with assessment changes.


  • NCEA


Qualified Instructors

You're in safe hands. Our friendly & highly professional instructors are all industry qualified for a wide range of activities.


NZQA Qualified and NCEA Aligned

We are NZQA accredited, can offer NCEA Level 1-3 assessments and all programmes align with the NZ Curriculum key competencies.


Safety Accredited

We put safety first. We are a registered provider of Adventure Activities with Worksafe NZ, and are Safety audit certified with OutdoorsMark.

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