About Us

Arai Te Uru Kokiri Training Centre (Kokiri Training Centre) has provided education, training and support for second chance learners in a kaupapa Maori environment since 1983.
Kokiri was an initiative of a few of the dedicated members of the Araiteuru Marae Council in Dunedin, New Zealand, and was originally formed to provide a work skills programme for the many young unemployed Maori at that particular time.
Originally an Incorporated Society it was restructured as a Charitable Trust in 2011.
Throughout the intervening years the Kokiri Training Centre has always adapted to the changing and challenging economic and political environment providing a variety of high quality educational and training programmes.
Kokiri Training Centre have never lost sight of who we are, and why we exist. As laid out in the Trust Deed, this is to promote the advancement of education and vocational training and the care, support, and development of all people in our community.
Today it is the only remaining Maori Private Training Establishment (PTE) south of Christchurch.
Education and vocational training delivered through holistic and integrated programmes in a kaupapa Maori environment to accommodate the needs of all leaners and in particular the Maori/Pasifika community is Kokiri Training Centre’s unique point of difference to other organisations.
Kokiri Training Centre is highly regarded by government agencies, the Maori and Pasifika community, the general community and business.
The Kokiri Training Centre has in place the necessary framework of resources including New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) accreditation, and skilled staff supported and guided by strong governance from the Trustees.

Our Vision
Kokiri Training Centre offers a range of programmes using both conventional and technologically driven approaches. Our primary focus will always be on those who respond best to our safe, supportive and unique cultural and learning environment. Our programmes will challenge our students to strive for success. We will strengthen our operations and financial base with contracted services and programmes from a number of providers.

Our Mission
The Kokiri Training Centre strives for the highest standards of training, education and personal success for a diverse range of people in a unique cultural environment.