Learn to speak Māori

Te Ara Reo Māori (He Pī Ka Rere)

  • Level 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 the following qualification:

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

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.

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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.

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