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Certificate in New Zealand Food and Beverage History: From Kumara to Sauvignon Blanc (Micro-Credential)

  • 10 Evenings
  • NZ$750
  • Every 6 Months
  • Online or On Campus
  • NZQA Credits
  • Micro-credential

An overview and culinary timeline of food, ingredients and techniques that have influenced what people eat in New Zealand today. We look at indigenous and imported ingredients, beverages, cookery techniques and technologies that have transformed hospitality and created dynamic food export markets.

Course Content

The Certificate in New Zealand Food and Beverage History: from kumara to sauvignon blanc micro-credential offers learners the opportunity to understand an historical context about the foundation and growth of hospitality businesses from colonial times.

The course draws on traditional Māori foods, preparations and cooking techniques and the changes caused by the introduction of imported plants, animals and alcoholic beverages.

We look at the establishment of hotels, public houses, grog shops to private clubs, restaurants, cafes and wineries and the farming businesses that developed to supply and trade with them including diary, sheep and cattle. This trade would eventually lead to the development important international export markets.

Celia Hay will teach this course with RIki Bennett (Te Arawa and Ngāti Porou) teaching about traditional Māori foods, preparations and cooking techniques.



NZSFW offers this course as an Online Interactive course:

  • Online Interactive: Join a live meeting that is not pre-recorded. This give you the opportunity to ask specific questions. 
    • Theory is presented via Google Meet
    • Workbook and course material: This is emailed to you 1 day before the online class starts. 
    • Assessment: Online assessments are emailed to you and these are explained during theory sessions. 
    • Required Technology: Please review the requirements section below. 


Page Updated: 11 Apr 2022

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Session Dates

10 Tuesday Evenings: 6pm - 8:30pm (Online Only).


Click on the date above and this will redirect you to the enrolment form, where you can pay online.

Registration Deadline

Registrations close 7 days before the course starts. Late registrations may be available, please enrol and contact us regarding any late registrations. 

Course Fees

  • See below for fees & entry criteria

About Micro-Credentials

Micro Credentials are short programmes that are approved and accredited by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA).

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