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At NZMA our range of short courses are built to give you the chance to have fun studying something you’re interested in and to give you a change of scene from school.

There are all kinds of courses to choose from at NZMA, covering Trades, Early Childhood Education, Health, Hospitality, Cookery and Sport. Some courses are taught by two schools that are part of the NZMA family: The Culinary Collective and New Zealand Institute of Sport.

Get a taste of what study with us is like and take your first step to a brighter future with us.

Download the STAR & Gateway courses brochure here.

Check out our Star & Gateway Tasters, Courses, Block, & Holiday Programmes


Try out one of the Trades with a practical course in one of our purpose built Trades campuses. A great way to see where Trades could take you & you’ll be taught by real tradie tutors.

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Early Childhood Education

If you love little people, our Early Childhood Education (ECE) courses are for you. Learn about child development, how kids like to play as well as the different paths you can take in ECE.

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Health is so important now. If you’re a natural carer or want to help your community, our Health course will give you a good introduction to the different paths you can take in the healthcare sector.

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Do you love nature and making the world a more beautiful place? Unleash your inner gardener and dive into the exciting world of working with plants.


With our Hospitality course, you’ll get a great intro to the exciting world serving food, coffee and drinks. You get to taste them too!

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Get a taste of what studying sport and fitness is all about. Taught by New Zealand Institute of Sport, our sport and fitness school, you’ll learn about health, sport and do fitness training as part of your course.

Visit NZIS to check out our STAR & Gateway Tasters, Courses, and Holiday Programmes.

Cookery & Baking

Get a taste of what cooking or baking is all about. Taught by The Culinary Collective, our culinary school, the way you’ll learn is built around the ways people like to eat, drink and be entertained today.

Visit The Culinary Collective to check our STAR & Gateway Tasters, Courses and Holiday Programmes.