With a partnering of local Iwi, Ngātiwai, hospitality industry leaders and NorthTec, an exciting new entry level programme was launched this year. This is a level 3 course which began in May and will finish in September with tauira (course learners) achieving a New Zealand Certificate in Manaaki Marae. The uniqueness of this course is that it is based on a Ngātiwai Marae with tikanga, te reo and Ngātiwaitanga woven throughout the learning programme. Working in the wharenui and Marae, catering is also a part of the programme and real events will include Manaaki Marae students where appropriate. The tauira will also have the opportunity to work on site at Wahi Restaurant at Oceans Resort Hotel on the Tutukaka Coast. The students will gain real experience and skills working in a hotel and restaurant with expert guidance from working professionals. The Manaaki Marae students have already helped cater for a Cross-Portfolio Business Breakfast for the Honourable Minister Louise Upston and industry leaders for 70 people.