Manaaki Marae Qualifications

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Review of Manaaki Marae Qualifications

NZQA Māori Qualifications Services (MQS) is currently reviewing the four New Zealand qualifications in Manaaki Marae - Marae Hospitality at Levels 2-5.

This review is to ensure that the qualifications remain useful, relevant, achievable and valuable to current and future learners, employers, whānau, hapū, iwi and other stakeholders.

Consultation on the reviewed qualifications is open until Friday 29 November 2019, and the consultation drafts for all four reviewed Manaaki Marae qualifications are available below. We welcome your questions, and feedback regarding the proposed changes, which can be emailed

Ngā Tohu Hukihuki – Draft Qualifications

The review panel met and drafted the following changes to the certificates and diploma

Current Qualifications and Proposed Drafts


New Zealand Certificate in Manaaki Marae – Te Kāuta, Te Wharekai (Kaupae 2) [Ref: 2435]

Proposed Draft for Level 2 qualification – [Ref: 2435] (PDF, 214KB)

40 credits

New Zealand Certificate in Manaaki Marae – Te Nihowera, Te Ringawera (Kaupae 3) [Ref: 2434]

Proposed Draft for Level 3 qualification – [Ref: 2434] (PDF, 206KB)

60 credits

New Zealand Certificate in Manaaki Marae – Whāngai Tāngata (Kaupae 4) [Ref: 2433]

Proposed Draft for Level 4 qualification – [Ref: 2433] (PDF, 192KB)

60 credits

New Zealand Diploma in Manaaki Marae – Te Hāpai Ō Ki Muri (Kaupae 5) [Ref: 2432]

Proposed Draft for Level 5 qualification – [Ref: 2432] (PDF, 208KB)

120 credits

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 is being undertaken as part of the maintenance cycle of the qualifications, which focuses 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 is being 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 have been kept informed and any comments and feedback have been actively considered. Research has indicated that the needs analysis (PDF, 649KB) (PDF, 649KB), which informed the initial development of these qualifications, remains current.

Following the consultation process, Māori Qualifications Services will prepare 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.

Te Hono o Te Kahurangi – Review and evaluation through a mātauranga Māori lens

The suite of reviewed qualifications will be evaluated through Te Hono o te Kahurangi (PDF, 1.3MB).

Whilst the Manaaki Marae qualifications have their own kaupapa, these are in alignment with the kaupapa of Te Hono o te Kahurangi. As such, the review and evaluation of these qualifications will be conducted under the Te Hono o Te Kahurangi kaupapa; namely:


The review will reflect a unique and distinctively Māori approach to ensure the needs of ākonga, the wider community and other key stakeholders are met.


The care of ākonga, whānau, hapū, iwi and mātauranga Māori itself will be a fundamental outcome of the review


The presence and expressions of mana-enhancing behaviours and practices will be evident between all review participants.


Those directly involved in the review will have the skills and knowledge needed to ensure that the values, beliefs, needs and aspirations of the people are met.


All review participants will ensure that the authenticity, integrity and use of mātauranga Māori is protected, maintained and transmitted appropriately.

Te reo Māori

As the primary vehicle for expressing and transmitting Māori knowledge, values and culture, te reo Māori is practiced, promoted and celebrated.


If you have any feedback on or questions about the proposed Manaaki Marae qualifications, please email


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