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Mahinga Kai – Te Hoata (Kaupae 3) | NZ Certificate in Māori Traditional Food Production, Harvest and Management (Level 3)

Grow and gather your own kai

This qualification is intended for whānau with an interest in Mahinga Kai – Māori Traditional Food Production, Harvesting, and Management. Develop the knowledge and skills so you can grow and gather your own kai for your whānau. Learn the traditional methods from your rohe and be able to pass this knowledge on to future generations.

Your future career and study opportunities

Contribution to community and cultural roles may include involvement in the following:

  • Working as part of a collective to maintain whānau, hapū and community māra kai.
  • Kaimahi harvesting seafood, fishing, hunting, gathering traditional kai to fulfil the manaakitanga obligations and responsibilities to protect the mana and te tino rangatiratanga of the whānau, hapū, iwi and/or hapori.

Continue studying with other programmes such as Reo māori, Toi māori, Māori Environmental Practices, cookery and catering, etc.


There are various entry dates and locations per year:

  • 5 August (Tairāwhiti and Ruatoria)
  • 12 August (Wairoa and Raupunga)
  • For further entry dates at other locations please contact the Programme Administrator, Erena Clarke on 06 869 0820 or email eclarke@eit.ac.nz


This qualification provides a pathway for graduates to develop capability and capacity to utilise, protect, maintain and enrich Mātauranga Mahinga Kai for whānau, hapū, iwi, and communities for future and current generations.

Learn the traditional methods of growing and collecting kai from the whenua, ngahere, awa and moana, and learn how to prepare and preserve this kai.

Entry requirements

This is an open entry programme which means no formal qualifications are required. You must be aged 16 or over and you are required to have a reasonable reading level in order to cope with the programme and to carry out written instruction.

This is a practical programme that requires learners to have the physical ability to undertake practical tasks.


Academic learning services

Academic Learning Services is here to assist you on your journey towards the successful completion of your studies at EIT | Te Pūkenga. Our aim is for you to become confident, competent and independent learners.

We have dedicated advisors who can assist with your learning.

Find out more:

Hawke’s Bay Campus

Tairāwhiti Campus


EIT | Te Pūkenga offers a variety of scholarships across various subjects and programme levels.  Some scholarships are based on your age, some are specific to the subject you want to study.  Not all scholarships are based on your academic ability and anyone wanting to study should investigate what scholarships are available to them.  

You can find a list of EIT | Te Pūkenga scholarships here however there are many more scholarships offered nationally.  Information about these is on an database called “givME”. givME is accessible at EIT | Te Pūkenga or at some public libraries. If you would like to come to EIT | Te Pūkenga to look through the giveME database don’t hesitate to contact scholarships@eit.ac.nz or call in for a chat.