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ServiceIQ Gateway Cultural Camps

Getaway to a great adventure in Māori Tourism

ServiceIQ offers a choice of fantastic Gateway Tourism Cultural Camps held at beautiful maraes around the country, such as Waiheke Island or Waitomo Caves. The camps are designed to give Year 13 students the rare opportunity to gain first-hand experience, practical skills and unit standards, while staying in a unique New Zealand cultural setting.

Camps are arranged by ServiceIQ, hosted by marae, and are partnered with tourism operators to provide some of the workplace experience and learning.

Over the course of a week, the students will study and complete Tourism Māori Unit Standards, learn about nearby tourism attractions, the history and tikanga of the host marae – creating an authentic lens through which to understand Māori tourism and its value to the NZ tourism industry.  

All up, it’s a memorable adventure in a stunning setting, not to be missed.   

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How it works

The Gateway Cultural Camps run from Monday to Friday with four nights’ stay at a marae. Students do their study with experienced teachers and industry specialists.

All meals and snacks are provided. Schools will be responsible for arranging students’ transport to and from the marae. 


Benefits for students

Students who successfully complete the programme will have gained:

  • Tourism Māori Unit Standards at Level 2 and Level 3

  • Real skills and knowledge of our unique Māori culture and the tourism industry

  • Inspiration and insights into different career options   

  • Industry contacts that may be able to help them get a job and build a career. 


Training content

Here’s a sample of some of the unit standards that students may complete during camp. 

Unit Unit standard title Level  Credits


Explain the importance, and demonstrate correct pronunciation, of Māori place names

3 3


List and use a range of te reo Māori greetings and farewells in tourism 3 3


Explain the importance of respecting Māori customs and practices in tourism Māori 3 5


Examine and recite appropriate karakia in Tourism Māori  3 5


Explain kaitiaki practices in a tourism Māori context 3 5


Identify traditional kai and describe the gathering process 2 2


Set tables, serve kai and clear tables in a marae wharekai 2 2



How to apply

To sign up to one of these great training camps, you’ll need to contact your school’s Workforce Engagement Adviser or your dedicated Workforce Engagement Team at


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