Whenua Kura combines the teaching with our cultural values. Our staff work together to create a whānau environment that supports a pathway for Māori to gain qualifications and employment within the wider land-based sector



  • Industry recognised tertiary qualifications
  • Highly experienced tutors and lecturers.
  • A Māori mentor to help students through challenging times.
  • Assistance in getting a job.
  • Opportunities to progress onto higher levels of study/training and career acceleration
A movement to change the face and culture of land-based industries

A movement to change the face and culture of land-based industries

- Noho Marae

The Whenua Kura programmes are delivered in a co-constructed manner, linking in state of the art mainstream technology and modern day learning and practice with Kaupapa Māori and Tikanga. The cultural curriculum injects values based learninginto the community. These are underpinned by our values such as: Kaitiakitanga (Stewardship and connection to the land), Identity (Connection to one’s self), Rangatiratanga (Leadership), and Whanaungatanga (Connection with each other).

The overarching framework to which the programme is constructed is around Te Whare Tapa Whā, ensuring all aspects of Māori health and well-being are aligned with the wider environment and community. Taha Wairua, Taha Tīnana, Taha Hinengaro, and Taha Whānau.

Whenua Kura holds four Noho Marae throughout the year at different marae across Aotearoa.

Delivery Sites


Lincoln-Telford (Balclutha)

The Telford campus is Lincoln University’s second South Island campus and is one of New Zealand’s largest land-based vocational training providers. It is located just five minutes from Balclutha in the heart of South Otago.

With access to 921 hectares of farmland, a 20-hectare campus, including halls of residence, workshops, gymnasium, library and laboratory, we provide a training environment that is unrivalled anywhere in New Zealand.


Te Waihora (Lincoln, Canterbury)

The picturesque and park-like 58-hectare campus provides a supportive, multi- cultural atmosphere. With a student population of approximately 3,500, representing over 60 different countries, Lincoln University is an easy place to make friends.

The campus itself houses modern teaching facilities, a comprehensive library, information technology laboratories with 24-hour access, free car parking, eateries, a printery, a travel agency, and world-class sporting facilities.

On-campus accommodation is home to approximately 600 students during the university year. Options include catered halls of residence, self-catered residential halls and student flats. For those choosing to live away from campus, there are regular bus services.


Koukourarata (Port Levy)

The delivery of the Telford Certificate in Organic Horticulture (Level 3) will be based at a mixture of both Koukourarata and Te Waihora campus. Te Rūnanga o Koukourārata is one of eighteen papatipu Rūnanga of Ngāi Tahu based from Koukourārata established under the Ngāi Tahu Treaty Settlements Act 1994 and related Order of Council to provide for the well-being of the descendants of Ngāi Tūhaitara, Ngāti Huikai and Ngāi Tūtehuarewa.

The takiwa (area of tribal authority) of Te Rūnanga o Koukourārata centres on Koukourārata (Port Levy) and extends from Pōhatu Pa to the shores of Te Waihora, including Te Kaituna. Local whānau Ngāti Huikai, Ngāi Tūhaitara, and Ngāi Tūtehuarewa have resided in the takiwā of Koukourārata for over 40 generations.