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.
Update 21 January 2020: Monday and Wednesday evening Term 1 courses are already full with long waiting lists. These courses are no longer visible on the website.
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.
Tēnā koutou, Ko David (Rāwiri) Ratū taku ingoa, nō te iwi o Ngaati Te Ata, Te Waiohua, Waikato-Tainui, Ngaati Maniapoto. Greetings, David (Rāwiri) Ratū is my name. I am a descendant of the Ngaati Te Ata, Te Waiohua, Waikato-Tainui and Ngaati Maniapoto Tribes. Paimārire – goodness and peace.
I need to indicate that the tikanga I will be using throughout the course will be that of my iwi, Waikato. The only time I will reference another iwi, is when there is a difference in dialect.
"Hi Selwyn, I wanted to pass on how inspired my class and I are (after two weeks!) in our beginners Te Reo class. I noticed this story on Radio NZ today and feel even more thankful that I have a place in this class - http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/
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.