Our on-site licensed training restaurants are purpose-built to train our students to the highest industry standard

Students provide cáfe mornings, lunches, dinners and events throughout the academic year to paying customers. This practical, hands-on experience ensures they are ready for work and also provides a fantastic opportunity for the public to enjoy a quality dining experience at a reduced price. Production lunches and dinners run throughout the year. Please note that payment is required at time of booking.

Opened in 1991 as The Estuary, Te Onepu at the Porirua campus is our longest running training restaurant. It provides regular cáfe mornings for staff and students, and hosts production lunches and dinners throughout the year. Its counterpart  in Paraparaumu, ​Kitchen at Kāpiti, opened in 2012 as part of the then new Kāpiti campus on the corner of Kapiti Road and Milne Drive.

Te Onepu 2017

Te Onepu at the Porirua campus

Production dinners at Te Onepu

Certificate and diploma cookery students have productions available on the following dates:

Global Cuisine Buffet Dinner - Thursdays 1 and 8 March at 6.00pm, $25pp SOLD OUT
Diploma in Cookery students are tasked with researching a chosen country, ordering ingredients then will prepare and serve the dish they have created.

Buffet Dinner - Friday 16 March at 6.00pm, $30pp SOLD OUT
A selection of both hot and cold dishes, finished with a delicious array of desserts

Table D'Hote - Fridays 23 March and 6 April at 6.00pm, $35pp SOLD OUT
A three course, three choices, fixed price menu

Degustation Dinner - Thursdays 26 April and 3 May at 6.00pm, $45pp SOLD OUT
A multi-course, small portion, tasting set menu of fine dining foods and modern cookery techniques. Places are limited.


Contact Information

Te Onepu at Porirua
Please phone 04 237 3100 Alice Comber ext 3722 or Karen Blyde ext 3788 for enquiries/bookings.

Kitchen at Kāpiti
Please phone 04 298 0205 or email mark.cowley@whitireia.ac.nz for enquiries/bookings.

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