Marine Kaitiaki Training Course

2022 course is currently running – 2023 course begins next January!


Is this course for you?

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Are you seeking to kick-start a career in marine conservation? Do you want to deepen your connection and knowledge of te moana? This annual course is a special opportunity for local young adults (18 -25 years old) to get the training and skills needed to dive into a marine career.

In this employment focused program, you will gain a wide range of hands-on experience working with Māori kaitiaki leaders, marine researchers, and conservation specialists to learn valuable skills and knowledge about New Zealand’s marine environment. Participants will complete distinguished certifications, engaging coursework and collaborative projects throughout the program while working closely with marine professionals.

Being part of the Te Pēwhairangi Marine Kaitiaki Training Course means more than completing a certification program, it means being part of a strong community dedicated to kaitiakitanga o te moana. Join us in a commitment to excellence and change within our community to protect te moana for generations to come! Haere mai, nau mai!

Course Details:

5 months, full-time

Funded by Jobs For Nature – the course is offered at no cost for the students

Certificates obtained during the course:

  • Boatmasters
  • First Aid
  • PADI Open Water
  • PADI Free Diver
  • Marine Mammal Medic (Project Jonah)
  • And more!

No previous experience required for this course. Applicants must be 18-25 years old and located in the Bay of Islands region.


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The 2022 course is at full capacity. Contact us now to be in the contact list for the 2023 Marine Kaitiaki Course!

Course begins in January 2023

If you have any questions regarding this course, please contact us at


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