Papa Reo - Kete

  • Level 1
  • Home-based learning
  • 12 months - part-time
  • No fees

Programme overview:

Have you always wanted to learn the Māori language but didn't know where to start? Take the first step in learning te reo Māori with Papa Reo.

This beginner's programme will teach you the basics in pronunciation and simple sentence structures. You'll be able to use formal and informal greetings, introduce yourself and recite your whakapapa (genealogy).

Learn from home with amazing resources and regular meetings with a support person.

When you pass this programme, you'll get this qualification:

  • New Zealand Certificate in Te Pōkaitahi Reo (Reo Rua) Te Kaupae 1

Our study at home programmes have different start dates in each region, depending on current demand. Programmes fill quickly and your start date might be several months after you complete your enrolment. Once we receive your enrolment, we’ll send you a letter confirming your start date. Please make sure you have provided everything for a complete enrolment.

You'll learn about:

  • pronunciation of Māori words
  • greetings and farewells
  • different parts of the body
  • basic instructions around the home
  • time, dates, days of the week, and seasons

You'll be able to:

  • use te reo Māori vocabulary and grammatical structures at a basic level, as an expression of mana tangata
  • use te reo at a basic level to talk about themselves and their own connections to the land and the environment, as an expression of mana whenua
  • apply technical knowledge of basic reo to everyday use, and develop respect for te reo, as an expression of mana reo
  • use te reo at a basic level to achieve tasks in familiar contexts, as an expression of mana ao tūroa


This foundation qualification is intended for learners who have minimal command of te reo, as an additional language. It is also intended for those who have a desire to contribute positively to the development of te reo kia tika, kia rere, kia Māori (the language needs to be correct, heard far and wide, and to be Māori in ethos), or who have a personal and/or professional interest in te reo Māori.

Graduates will have the basic language skills required to communicate in te reo, with support, in familiar everyday contexts.

Where will this take me?

I want to keep studying

You'll be ready to enrol on our Level 2 Te Ara Reo Māori programme or advance to one of our Level 3 tikanga programmes that teach you about Māori customs and protocols.

I want to use my qualification

You'll have an understanding and awareness of te reo Māori that can be used to support and enhance your current employment and knowledge.

How you’ll study:

This is a part-time programme that consists of 60 credits delivered over 52 weeks. Throughout the programme you will be required to complete set activities each week from home. These activities will require at least:

  • 12 hours of learning per week

Entry criteria

To enrol in this programme, a potential student must:

  • be at least 16 years of age
  • be a New Zealand citizen or resident (or citizen of Australia, Tokelau, Niue or the Cook Islands

Kōnae Ako (Learning Modules):

Ko Wai Ahau? | 15 Credits

Introduction to pronunciation, greetings and farewells. 

Ko tōku whare | 15 Credits

Introduction to telling the time, days of the week, months of the year, location of people and objects. 

Ko tōku whānau | 15 Credits

Introduction to family relationships, colours and numbers. 

Ko tōku ora | 15 Credits

How to give and follow basic instructions around the home. How to identify parts of the body and its function. 

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