Māori language for beginners

Te Ara Reo Māori (He Pī ka Pao)

  • Level 2
  • 36 weeks
  • No fees

Programme overview:

Qualification: New Zealand Certificate in Te Reo (Reo Rua) Level 1 & Level 2

If you want to learn some basic Māori language this is the perfect place to start. Whether you want to use te reo Māori at home with the kids or in the workplace, this interactive programme will have you speaking with confidence in no time.

Te Ara Reo Māori has become a national institution, attended by newsreaders, public figures, teachers, school principals and business people. Join the movement and learn to love and use te reo Māori every day.


You'll learn about:

  • pronunciation
  • tikanga
  • introductions
  • basic vocabulary
  • basic sentence structures.

You'll know how to:

  • correctly pronounce Māori words, names and place names
  • use basic greetings and introduce yourself
  • understand and follow tikanga (protocols)
  • perform some waiata
  • use Māori words with confidence
  • understand basic sentence structures.

Where will this take me?

I want to keep studying

Take this to the next level with Te Ara Reo Māori Level 4, or dive into total immersion with Te Pūtaketanga o te Reo.

I want to use my qualification

These te reo skills will be useful in everyday life in Aotearoa. They'll also be great if you work in education, Māori organisations, media or anywhere you deal with the public.


How you'll study:

This is a full-time programme that consists of 120 credits. Throughout the programme you will be required to attend:

  • 1 x weekly wānanga (3 hours)
  • 2 x noho marae (26 hours)
  • 4 x one-day wānanga (8 hours)

  • It is important to note that activity directed learning will also need to be completed outside of class time, amounting to approximately 28 hours per week.

    Workload: For each credit, allow about 10 hours of study. This may be higher at certain times throughout the programme

    Online learning requirements: Please note that tauira will be required to have access to a quality learning device in order to complete planned learning activities outside of scheduled classes, noho and wānanga.

    Te Wānanga o Aotearoa will provide internet access at its main and selected delivery sites.


    Entry criteria:

    You'll need to attend an information session.

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