Te Reo Maori

Te Reo Maori

Our program is targeting students wishing to either learn their native language, or learn a foreign language namely New Zealand Maori.

We aim to:

By the end of the course, our aim is that students will:

  • Have a basic understanding of the Māori spiritual and natural worlds (mana atua, mana whenua), and our important connections to them.
  • Be able to identify the sounds of Māori letters and pronounce letter combinations using correct intonation and stress patterns.
  • Confidently greet people, introduce yourself and communicate basic personal information in an informal context.
  • Identify and respond to phrases in the classroom including basic commands/instructions.
  • Confidently describe the day/date, time, and the weather
  • Discuss our responsibilities as a bi-cultural nation under ‘Te Tiriti o Waitangi’ and identify underlying Māori values such as: whanaungatanga, pepehā and tikanga.
  • Discuss the significance of whakapapa as a fundamental Māori world view and confidently describe your family and relationships through this lens.
  • Form simple sentences to describe parts of your face and body.
  • Discuss protocol on the marae.
  • Recognize the importance and use of karakia and be able to recite one correctly.
  • Recognize the cultural values inherent within different whakataukī (proverbs) and kīwaha (idioms) and be able to correctly recite one of each.
  • Ask and answer questions about people’s family, home, likes and dislikes and work situations.
  • Have some ability to have simple conversations about things that happen regularly in your everyday life. 
  • Introduce a person, an object, or a ‘memory in time’ and confidently describe its basic physical or emotional features.
  • Confidently describe everyday routines and have a simple conversation about what we enjoy doing like our hobbies and interests.
  • Use relevant vocabulary to confidently purchase an item and discuss prices and ways of payment at the supermarket or at a cafe.
  • Explore the uses of the tenses: i, ka, kei, kua and e…ana through a script or drama performance. 


  • Have all students feel safe and respected in school, and in the community.
  • Learn about their family history, backgrounds, exploring their cultural understanding and beliefs
  • Help students unify their piers through displaying respect and honor.
  • Build self-worth through service to others
  • Assist younger students feel valued and safe


Weekly classes and extra opportunities will be implemented offer our students methods of emersion in the culture and language.

Activities include.

  • Introductory presentations
  • Te Hangi Experience
  • Cultural activities and games
  • Family history program
  • Kapa Haka (Song & Dance)

Involving the student’s families in some of our activities has proven extremely vital to the success we have experienced, so we strongly encourage family participation when appropriate.