Learn to speak Māori

Te Ara Reo Māori (He Pī Ka Rere)

  • Level 4
  • 40 weeks
  • No fees

Programme overview:

If you know the basics of te reo Māori and want to take it further, here’s your next step. Our safe, encouraging and interactive programme is loved by people from all cultures and backgrounds.

Develop a greater understanding of the Māori culture while you practice and build confidence in your Māori language skills. Learn alongside others at the same level, and have fun while you’re doing it.

On this programme you’ll use a variety of sentence structures using te reo Māori in a range of formal and informal situations.

You’ll be able to explain and practice tikanga Māori as well as learning a range of waiata and karakia.

You’ll learn about different tenses and be able to create both active and negative sentences using te reo Māori.

When you finish the course, you’ll have the confidence to advance to full-immersion learning.

Upon successful completion of this programme, you will receive the following qualification:

  • New Zealand Certificate in Te Reo (Reo Rua) Level 3 & Level 4

You'll learn about:

  • active and passive sentence structures
  • extending your vocabulary
  • using different tenses
  • distinguishing between Māori and non-Māori sentence structures.

Where will this take me?

I want to keep studying

Move into full immersion with Te Rōnakitanga ki te reo Kairangi Level 5.

I want to use my qualification

You can put your te reo Māori skills to use in most jobs in Aotearoa.


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 3-hour class per week
  • 2 x noho marae (26 hours each)
  • 4 x one-day wānanga (8 hours each)

Your kaiako will confirm the dates and venue for your noho mare and one-day wānanga.

Learning Activities: In addition to these attendance hours, you’ll be expected to complete learning activities designed to enhance your learning for approximately 28 hours per week.

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:

  • complete Te Ara Reo Māori Level 2, or
  • successfully complete a pre-entry assessment.

To enrol in this programme, a potential student must:

  • be at least 16 years of age
  • be a New Zealand citizen (or citizen of Australia, Tokelau, Niue, Cook Islands) or permanent resident
  • have successfully completed a te reo Māori qualification at Level 2 or demonstrate existing te reo skills at Level 2.
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