Māori Language for Beginners

Te Ara Reo Māori Level 1 (Part-time)

  • Level 1
  • 38 weeks - part-time
  • No fees

Programme overview:

Our Level 1 programme has been designed for beginners who have little or no knowledge of how to speak te reo Māori - the Māori language.

To help you with your learning, you’ll also explore Māori traditions and practices so you will feel more comfortable in a range of settings where Māori language is spoken.

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

  • Te Pōkaitahi Reo (Rumaki, Reo Rua) (Te Kaupae 1) - New Zealand Certificate in Te Reo (Rumaki, Reo Rua) (Level 1)

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, 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.


Delivery & Workload

This is a part-time programme that consists of 60 credits, taught over 38 weeks. Some of our locations offer different delivery modes. These will be confirmed by your local campus and might include:


Classroom Delivery

  • fortnightly classes (3 hours per fortnight)
  • 2 x 1-day wānanga (8 hours per wānanga)
  • 1 x noho marae (25 hours)

You’ll also need to complete set activities outside of class which will take approximately:

  • 14 hours of learning per week

Noho Delivery

  • 8 x 1-day wānanga (8.8 hours per wānanga)
  • 1 x noho marae (25 hours)

You’ll also need to complete set activities outside of class which will take approximately:

  • 14 hours of learning per week

Online Delivery

  • weekly classes (5 hours per fortnight)

You’ll also need to complete set activities outside of class which will take approximately:

  • 14 hours of learning per week

For online delivery, you’ll need access to a suitable digital device and the internet to participate in this programme.


How you can apply

  • Register or log in to your Te Wānanga o Aotearoa account
  • Question 1 - Where would you like to study? Select Online Learning
  • Question 2 – What would you like to study? Select Te Ara Reo Māori Level 1
  • Complete the rest of the application form
  • Our teams will be in touch to confirm your enrolment

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
  • reside in New Zealand
  • have little or no knowledge of te reo Māori

Potential pathway

I want to keep studying

You can progress to a level 2 programme in te reo Māori or you might be interested in moving to an entry-level tikanga programme that focuses on Māori practices and protocols.

I want to use my qualification

Graduates will have the confidence to participate in the maintenance and development of te reo Māori amongst whānau and within their community. They’ll also have a basic level of awareness that te reo Māori can be used to support and complement current skills and knowledge in the graduate’s area of employment.


Kōnae Ako (Learning Modules):

Aotearoa | 15 Credits

This kōnae ako (module) introduces tauira (students) to the pronunciation of Māori words, sounds, informal greetings and farewells as well as the teaching methodology of Te Ako Whakatere (Accelerated Learning). 

Wāhi | 15 Credits

This kōnae ako introduces tauira to the language of objects, people, body parts and locations. Tauira then have the opportunity to follow and give some simple instructions. 

Whakapapa | 15 Credits

This kōnae ako introduces tauira to understanding and using numbers. Tauira are also able to introduce themselves in a formal and informal setting. 

Te Wā | 15 Credits

This kōnae ako introduces tauira to the language of time, days of the week, months, seasons of the year and dates. 

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