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Level 1
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


Fee free and includes an allowance for kaiako attending full day activities held during work days.

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Programme Schedule

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Start Date

There are three intakes for 2023:​

  • TERM 1 – Cohort 1
    Week starting and ending:
    January 30, 2023 – April 23 2023

  • TERM 2 – Cohort 2
    Week starting and ending:
    April 24, 2023 – July 16 2023 

  • TERM 3 – Cohort 3
    Week starting and ending:
    July 17, 2023 – October 8 2023 

How you'll study

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

  • x3 noho marae

  • Puka Mahi: Activity book

Evening class Locations


  • Wellington, Lower Hutt & Porirua

Noho marae Dates


  • 12 weeks of learning

  • 120 hours

TERM 1 - Cohort 1:

  • 25-26 February 

  • 25-26 March 

  • 22-23 April 

TERM 2 - Cohort 2:

  • 20-21 May 

  • 17-18 June 

  • 15-16 July 

TERM 3 - Cohort 3:

  • 12-13 August 

  • 9-10 September 

  • 7-8 October 

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