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Level 4 – Takitahi

Enhance the language of Champions

This part-time programme will give you insights into becoming an advocate, role model and champion of te reo Māori. Enhancing te reo Māori adds great value to revitalising the language and to the lives of others. You will learn more about te ao Māori, tikanga Māori and how you can incorporate this taonga into your work or learning environment. This programme will be delivered 80% in te reo Māori.


Who is the programme for?

  • Teachers from early learning services through to secondary school

  • Kaiako, from Kōhanga Reo through to wharekura

  • Non-teaching and support staff in kura, schools, wharekura, early learning services and Kōhanga Reo.


If you are interested in expanding your vocabulary, engaging in more conversational te reo Māori, improve your understanding of grammer and contribute to the normalisation of the Māori language in your learning environment, this is the Māori language programme for you. Learn from Pūkenga (tutors) who are experts at providing a nurturing and safe language learning environment.

Anchor 1

Focus Areas

  • Local Dialect – Whakahua: 
    Whakahua is to build and enhance the ability to pronounce correctly.

  • Use – Whakamahi: 
    Whakamahi is to develop and boost the confidence to use the language in simple and effective ways.

  • Grammar – Whakarārangi: 
    Whakarārangi is to build and develop the competence to structure simple and complicated sentences correctly.

  • Revitalisation – Whakarautaki: 
    Whakarautaki is to create awareness and equip participants with the best knowledge to further contribute to te reo Māori prosperity.

  • Curriculum – Whakarauemi: 
    Whakarauemi is to provide and co-create resources to normalise the use of te reo Māori in the learning setting.

To read more about the learning outcomes or success indicators for this programme follow the link: >


Completing this course will help you:

  • To use accurately and confidently common features of local language

  • To readily participate and relax in general immersion settings

  • To demonstrate knowledge of commonly used sentence grammar

  • Use Māori language in curriculum delivery

  • Uses strategies that promote Māori Language


This is a fee-free programme.

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Programme Schedule

Start Date


  • Week starting and ending:
    April 29, 2024 – July 21, 2024 

Duration & Hours

  • 12 weeks of learning

  • 120 hours

How you'll study

  • 12 weekly evening classes​: Thursdays, 6pm to 9pm

  • Noho Wānanga:  x3 two day wānanga

  • Puka Mahi: Activity book

  • Online: Pre-class learning activities

Evening class location

Whitireia Polytechnic

3 Wi Neera Drive, Porirua

Noho dates and location

Noho 1 – Week 4: Raukawa marae, Ōtaki

Saturday, 25 May – Sunday, 26 May.

Noho 2 – Week 8: Porirua (location tbc)

Saturday, 22 June – Sunday, 23 June.

Noho 3 – Week 12: Waiwhetū Marae, Lower Hutt

Saturday, 20 July – Sunday, 21 July.

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