Manaaki Marae Qualifications

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Completed Review

February 2020 - Review of Manaaki Marae - Marae Hospitality Qualifications

In February 2020, NZQA Māori Qualifications Services (MQS) completed the review of the four New Zealand qualifications in Manaaki Marae - Marae Hospitality at Levels 2-5. The suite of reviewed qualifications was evaluated in alignment with the kaupapa of Te Hono o te Kahurangi (PDF, 1.3MB).

Details are available in the change report for the review of Manaaki Marae - Marae Hospitality Qualifications.

The next review of the Manaaki Marae qualifications is scheduled for 2025.

Hei Tīmatanga – Introduction

He kai nā te ringaringa whero i taka.

Food cooked by the hand of a chief.

In the above whakataukī, whero (or red) is taken as the sign of a chief or high-born person. The hand of a chief would not normally be associated with the task of cooking; however, the suggestion is that the ultimate honour has been placed on one’s guests in having a chief cook the kai for them (or manaaki them, which is an ethic of thoughtfulness, generosity and caring for others). Whilst this may not be the literal case, the inference is that great care has been taken in the preparation of kai, as a show of manaaki and as is befitting guests of honour. Manaaki.

Based on tikanga and kaupapa (and to some extent, kawa), Manaaki Marae qualifications are an important mechanism for recognising and building the capacity and capability of ākonga, marae, whānau, hapū, iwi, and hapori Māori. These qualifications also recognise the continued exercising of rangatiratanga, as well as the characteristics of manaakitanga and manaaki tangata. The demand for excellence to uphold one’s mana by upholding the mana of all guests (and the mana of the marae itself) is one of the basic principles underpinning manaaki.

The review of the Manaaki Marae qualifications was undertaken as part of the maintenance cycle of the qualifications, which focused on ensuring that they continue to meet the overall needs of whānau, hapū, iwi, and the sector; and remain aligned with the rules for listing qualifications on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF).

Tāhuhu Kōrero – Background

These qualifications were first listed on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework in June 2015, as a result of the Mandatory Review of Qualifications. This is the first review of the qualifications since being listed.

Te Arotake – The Review

A Review Working Group was established to provide detailed and technical input into the review of the suite of Manaaki Marae qualifications.

Feedback was sought from education organisations, catering industry, whānau, hapū, iwi and other end-users on the current suite of qualifications, and any gaps in them.

In October 2019, the Review Working Group reviewed the suite of qualifications.

At all stages in the review, stakeholders were kept informed, and any comments and feedback were actively considered. Research indicated that the needs analysis (PDF, 649KB), which informed the initial development of these qualifications, remained current.

Following the consultation process, MQS prepared a draft report with recommendations for the suite of qualifications for approval by the Review Working Group, and revision where appropriate, before submitting the final report and qualifications to Quality Assurance Māori for listing.


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