Only a few courses will be offered via Zoom video-conferencing. These courses are clearly identified in each course description. Kia ora. This course is for those new or relatively new to Te Reo Māori and Māori culture. Please read below the course dates for course commitments. Only the first three upcoming courses show below. To see all upcoming courses, click the 'SHOW MORE' button. Full courses with big waiting lists may have been removed from the website (details further below).
Note re full courses: Mondays 7pm 12 October, Tuesdays 7pm 13 October, Wednesdays 7pm 14 October and Wednesdays 10am 14 October have been removed from the website as these courses are full with long waiting lists.
This course is designed for beginners and relative beginners to Te Reo Māori or Māori culture. There will be homework assigned each week and it will be necessary to practise for a short time each day.
"Languages are inseparably linked to the social and cultural contexts in which they are used. Languages and cultures play a key role in developing our personal, group, national, and human identities. Every language has its own ways of expressing meanings; each has intrinsic value and special significance for its users." The New Zealand Curriculum, p.24
Kia ora. It is the intention of this course to deliver you a basic understanding of some language structures, grammar, pronunciation and concepts that are core of the indigenous people of Aotearoa, Ngā Iwi Māori - the Māori people. It is impossible to cover everything, but we hope this course will provide the foundation for your journey towards learning about the people, the language and the beliefs of Ngā Iwi Māori.
To learn Te Reo Māori, it is essential to also learn Te Ao Māori (the world of Māori). Many words and phrases can only be understood when viewed through the lens of Te Ao Māori. For this reason, Tikanga Māori (values, beliefs and processes within Māori social structures) will be interwoven as an integral part of the course structure.
Course content includes:
By the end of the course you'll be able to:
You'll also participate in a ‘dress rehearsal’ marae visit on the last night.
Learning a new language can be difficult and requires effort; effort in the classroom, effort with homework and effort with daily practice. Please enrol in this course only when you have the time resources to attend at least seven of the eight classes and to complete homework and practice. If you've already registered and you can no longer meet these obligations, please contact the office at least five days before the course starts and we'll do our best to transfer your registration to a future date.
All are welcome to register. The course fee subsidy is available to NZ citizen or permanent resident adults, and young people aged 16+ who are not currently enrolled in a NZ secondary school. We are required to collect additional information for statistical purposes. A condition of accepting this subsidised course fee is attending at least 80% of classes.
From May 2020: ".... I have enjoyed the course and it was great to be able to zoom in and participate from Dunedin otherwise I would not have had the opportunity to do the course. I how have more confidence in Te Reo and look forward to continuing that and also learning more about the culture and values. Thanks so much. FG."
Te Reo Beginners Level 2
This course is taught in English. For students with English as a second language, we recommend that only those with Upper Intermediate or higher level English attend this course.