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:

  • gain the ability to pronounce words according to the local dialect.

  • to use te reo Māori in useful and appropriate ways.

  • to structure simple and complicated sentences correctly.

  • to further contribute to te reo Māori prosperity.

  • to provide and co-create resources to normalise the use of te reo Māori in the learning setting.


Fee free and includes an allowance for attending full day activities.


Programme Schedule


Start Date

There are two intakes left for 2022:​



  • Week starting 2 May


  • Week starting 25 July

How you'll study

FACE-TO-FACE​: 1 weekly evening class

  • TERM 2: Wednesdays, 6pm – 9pm

  • TERM 3: Tuesdays, 6pm – 9pm


  • ​1 hours of online learning per week


  • ​1 hour per week

WĀNANGA* (See dates below)

  • 3 two day wānanga


  • 12 weeks of learning

  • 7 weeks of post-programme support  (Consolidation Programme)  *See dates below.



  • Palmerston North & Levin


  • Wellington, Lower Hutt, Upper Hutt, Porirua & Paraparaumu

*Consolidation Programme Dates

TERM 2 – Week starting:

  • Mon 8 Aug – Fri 23 Sept

TERM 3 – Week starting:

  • Mon 31 Oct – Fri 16 Dec

*Wānanga Dates


  • 2 day wānanga: Sat 28 May - Sun 29 May

  • 2 day wānanga: Sat 25 June - Sat 26 June

  • 2 day wānanga: Sat 23 July – Sun 24 July


  • 2 day wānanga: Sat 20 Aug - Sun 21 Aug

  • 2 day wānanga: Sat 17 Sep - Sun 18 Sep

  • 2 day wānanga: Sar 15 Oct - Sun 16 Oct