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Marae food safety


Most food prepared and served on marae will not be covered by the food safety plans and programmes of the Food Act 2014.

Customary food activities

Food prepared and served on marae for customary activities such as tangi is outside the scope of the Food Act 2014, and will not be regulated because the food isn’t sold or traded.


Marae that are raising funds for charitable, benevolent, or cultural purposes would not need to operate with a food control plan or under a national programme as long as the trading takes place no more than 20 times a year. However, a marae operating with a food control plan would have unlimited fundraising opportunities. MPI has developed a marae food safety guide that contains more information on food safety and an explanation of tikanga in this context. When you do have to comply with the Act Food businesses that are operating from a marae, and selling food, will be regulated in the same way as other food businesses. The requirements will depend on the type of food business involved.

Why the Act was changed?

The flexible risk-based approach taken by the Act offers an opportunity for marae and other community organisations to develop food manufacturing and food service practices that are consistent with their tikanga.

This could offer business, tourism and employment opportunities in the food sector.

For example, marae around Karapiro registered a food control plan (FCP) based on an MPI template ahead of the Rowing World Cup in 2012 to provide catering services. Other marae are establishing cafes, catering businesses and food manufacturing and horticulture businesses.

The current regulatory system, which focuses on premises rather than skills, offers less support for start-up businesses, and is not flexible enough to accommodate innovative or traditional practices

Who to contact?

If you have questions about marae food, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Source: MPI 


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Under the Food Act 2014 and Food Regulations 2015, all ECE centres must ensure that the food they provide children as part of their service is safe and suitable.


This video gives tips on what ECE centres need to do to get and stay verified. It covers the risks associated with people, places, processes & practices.

Food Safe offers food safety training for ECE Centres in Auckland (North Shore, Manukau South Auckland and Grey Lynn), Hamilton, Christchurch and at sites across New Zealand.

ECE Centres need to check-off that staff know the procedures for:

  • Cleaning and sanitising
  • Managing waste
  • Controlling pests
  • Controlling hazards during food handling – essential process steps:
  • Temperature control (hotter than 60°C, cooler than 5°C)' for ingredients received
  • Chilling cooked dishes to below 5°C within 6 hours
  • Temperature control (hotter than 60°C, cooler than 5°C) for food transferred between centres (e.g. food prepared at a central kitchen, then delivered to sites)
  • Ensuring any person known to be sick does not handle food
  • Supervisor checks
  • Tracing of food prepared offsite, or frozen for later use
  • If any food is transferred between different sites of the company, label it with the food type, the date it was prepared, and the address of the recipient site
  • If any food is prepared, then frozen for later use, label it with the date of preparation.
  • Recall of food
  • Identify and dispose of any food affected by the recall, including any food transferred between sites or frozen
  • Your verifier may ask staff to describe or demonstrate these procedures

Check that records are up-to-date for:

  • Staff competency and training
  • Sickness, hygiene, and protective clothing
  • Pest management
  • Problems with food safety or suitability
  • Contaminated food (e.g. cleaning, pest control, or water treatment products).
  • Cooking Poultry
  • Proving that poultry has reached 75°C, you can record this for:
  • Each time an item is cooked
  • One item each batch
  • Chilled cooked food
  • Temperature of food received or transported
  • Recall for food
  • Record the details of any food identified and disposed of e.g. Notes (Examples) page.
  • Your verifier may ask to see your records

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Food Safety Certificate Christchurch


Christchurch, also known as the Garden City, offers a vibrant and buzzing retail, events and hospitality scene.

According to the Christchurch and Canterbury Quarterly Economic Report, retail spending in the central city grew by 14 percent and central city spending on food and beverage and apparel and personal products has increased 23 percent and 20 percent respectively for the 12 months on account of increased hospitality and retail offerings.

Here at Food Safe, we are passionate about training and supporting everyone who works or wants to work in the food and related sectors in New Zealand. Food Safe offers the most 5-star rated food safety certificate training course in Christchurch and across select centres in New Zealand.

Course Content is to MPI and global Codex Best Practice standards and includes:

  • Legislation covering food and regulatory / verifier inspections
  • Good Manufacturing Practice - GMP
  • Food safety hazards and HACCP controls
  • Introduction to the Seven Principles of HACCP
  • Allergen management
  • Methods to prevent cross-contamination
  • Cleaning and sanitizing + Critical Hygiene Areas
  • Pest control & Rubbish management
  • Critical temperatures, management and record keeping
  • Preparing for Verifier audits
  • Practically applying food safety learning with simple examples

Book your Christchurch training with us here:


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This video is a quick guide for anyone looking to start a home food business. 

For in-depth knowledge on what is required to start a home food business, Food Safe runs regular food safety training courses for people looking to start a home food business, running cafes and restaurants, working in hospitality or looking for a job.

Book yourself in here:

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