Learn to speak Māori

Te Ara Reo Māori (He Pī Ka Rere)

  • Level 3 and 4
  • 40 weeks - full-time
  • 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 these qualifications:

  • New Zealand Certificate in Te Reo (Reo Rua) Level 3 - Te Pōkaitahi Reo (Reo Rua) Te Kaupae 3
  • New Zealand Certificate in Te Reo (Reo Rua) Level 4 - Te Pōkaitahi Reo (Reo Rua) Te Kaupae 4


You'll learn about:

  • using a variety of sentence structures
  • using te reo Māori in a range of formal and informal situations
  • how to explain and practice tikanga Māori
  • using a range of waiata and karakia

You'll be able to:

Level 3

  • use te reo vocabulary and grammatical structures at an intermediate level, as an expression of mana tangata
  • use te reo Māori at an intermediate level to show an understanding of their connections to the land and the environment, prominent places, people, histories and stories, as an expression of mana whenua
  • use te reo at an intermediate level in selected contexts to develop a growing knowledge base of, and an emerging respect for, te reo, as an expression of mana reo
  • use te reo Māori at an intermediate level to achieve tasks and guide others in specified contexts, as an expression of mana ao tūroa

 

This qualification is intended for learners who have an intermediate-level understanding of, and ability in, the use of, te reo.  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, or have a personal and/or professional interest in te reo Māori.

Graduates will have the skills and knowledge to communicate in te reo, with some independence and confidence, in everyday whānau, marae, social/community, workplace and/or academic contexts, and in Māori environments where they feel comfortable.


Level 4

  • use te reo Māori vocabulary and grammatical structures at an advanced-intermediate level, as an expression of mana tangata
  • use te reo at an advanced-intermediate level to show a broad understanding of connections to the land and the environment, prominent places, people, histories and stories, and local proverbs and colloquial sayings, as an expression of mana whenua
  • apply advanced intermediate-level te reo Māori and technical skills in selected places and contexts to develop a growing knowledge of, and respect for, te reo, as an expression of mana reo
  • use advanced-intermediate level te reo Māori to achieve and lead tasks in specified contexts, and some unfamiliar settings, as an expression of mana ao tūroa

 

This qualification is intended for learners who have an advanced-intermediate level of understanding and ability in the use of te reo.  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, or have a personal and/or professional interest in te reo Māori.

Graduates will have the skills and knowledge to communicate independently in familiar, and some less familiar, situations with fluency and increasing flexibility in everyday whānau, marae, social/community workplace and/or academic contexts, and in broader aspects of te ao Māori.


How you'll study:

This is a full-time programme that consists of 120 credits delivered over 40 weeks. 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 marae and one-day wānanga.

You’ll be expected to complete activities outside of class time via our Akorau learning platform for approximately:

  • 28 hours per week

 

You'll need to have access to an internet-connected device for this programme.


Entry criteria:

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
  • attend an information session and enrolment hui with kaiako

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.


Kōnae Ako (Learning Modules):

Reremahi | 15 Credits

This kōnae ako (learning module) introduces tauira to active sentence structures using tense markers. Tauira will learn to use sentences about present, past and future action. 

Tōku Ao | 15 Credits

This kōnae ako will give tauira the opportunity to give instructions using passive commands and respond appropriately. It will also enable tauira to demonstrate understanding of the use of postposed periphery particles in te reo Māori such as pea, tonu, anō and kē. 

Whakamārama | 15 Credits

This kōnae ako will enable tauira to distinguish and understand the A and O categories and ask and answer questions about ownership.

Rereāhua | 15 Credits

This kōnae ako will enable tauira to use stative sentence structures using tense markers. Tauira will learn to construct stative sentences about present, past and future action. It will also give tauira the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding to join ideas to form coherent sentences. Tauira will also learn to use varying forms of ‘and’. 

Whakakāhoretanga | 15 Credits

This kōnae ako will introduce tauira to negative action sentence structures using tense markers. This will enable tauira to negate active sentences in everyday activities. 

Rerehāngū | 15 Credits

This kōnae ako will enable tauira to use passive sentence structures using tense markers. Tauira will learn to construct passive sentences about present, past and future action and describe their ability or inability to do certain actions. 

Whakarārangi | 15 Credits

This kōnae ako will give tauira an opportunity to articulate ideas on a range of subjects including names, objects and giving directions. Tauira will demonstrate the ability to compare objects and people and describe varying degrees of quality. 

He aha ki tua? | 15 Credits

This kōnae ako will enable tauira to speak about events in the future using ‘when’ and use warnings in appropriate contexts. Tauira will also be able to demonstrate understanding of oral traditions, practices and their significance. 

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