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Level 1 – Takitini Stream
Absolute Beginner

Experience the language of Champions

This part-time programme will give you insights into becoming an advocate, role model and champion of te reo Māori. Experiencing te reo Māori for the first time can be challenging. With the support of innovative resources and learning with like-minded learners will give you the assurance needed when learning something new. You will learn more about te ao Māori, tikanga Māori and how you can incorporate this taonga into your work or learning environment. 

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 developing your vocabulary, learning everyday words and sentences and finding the confidence to 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.

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 pronounce Māori language appropriately.

  • To give appropriate simple greetings and acknowledgements.

  • To use simple orthographic features.

  • To demonstrate knowledge of Māori language resources.

  • To deliver an understanding of Māori language revitalisation issues


This is a fee-free programme.

Level 1: List

Programme Schedule

Level 1: List

Takitini Stream

Schools and learning centres including ECE and Kōhanga Reo within the Wellington and Manawatū regions will participate in a 20-week te reo Māori programme held at their school/centre. This approach is different to our Takitahi 12-week programme. Takitini had proven to be successful last year and the invitation was extended to more schools and learning centres to participate in 2024. 

Start Date


Week starting and ending:
April 29, 2024 – September 29, 2024 

There is only one intake for 2024.

  • 20 weeks of learning

  • 120 hours


How you'll study

  • 20 weekly evening classes​. Times vary based on location

  • Online activities

  • Puka mahi (activity book)

  • 1-day Matariki wānanga

  • 1-day He Toa Takitini symposium

Evening class locations

Schools that have registered for Takitini in the Wellington and Manawatū regions.

Key dates

  • 1-day Matariki wānanga: Week 10, Saturday, 6 July.
    Venue tbc.

  • 1-day He Toa Takitini symposium: Week 20, Saturday, 28 September. Venue tbc.

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