Te Tohu Paetahi 2018

Te Tohu Paetahi, our total immersion Māori language programme, has paved the way for the revitalisation of our ancestral language since 1991.

The University of Waikato created the first intensive te reo Māori immersion programme in response to concerns that the language proficiency of students completing their Bachelors degree with a Major in te reo Māori was not at a high enough standard to make a significant impact on the growth and retention of the language.

Twenty-five years on, te reo Māori is flourishing at Waikato, and 2016 saw the Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies celebrating 25 years of the Te Tohu Paetahi programme.

The main focus of the programme is to provide students with a unique Māori language immersion pathway or context in which papers in te reo Māori are concentrated into the first year of their study programme, with a goal of producing students who can fluently, competently and proficiently speak in te reo Māori. A strong feature of the programme is to provide students with a safe, conducive and supportive whānau-based learning environment, which operates in a culturally rich context beginning each day with karakia and kapa haka, and ending with karakia, which are integral components in language acquisition.

In 2018 Te Tohu Paetahi will run from Monday 26 February - Friday 12 October.

Students will take the six compulsory te reo Māori language acquisition papers listed below, which begin at the introductory level moving through to the post-intermediate level, known as the Hukatai stream. Each paper will be taught in a 4-5 week block period through an intensive total immersion language teaching and learning environment. Students must successfully pass each paper to move to the next paper, thus remaining in the programme.

Students have the option of contributing the first year of Te Tohu Paetahi towards the Bachelor of Arts, a certificate, diploma or graduate diploma. Talk to the Faculty about pursuing any of these options.

Important note:

The first year of the programme is an intensive workload. Classes are held from 9am to 3pm, Monday to Friday with each day beginning with a karakia, mihimihi and kapa haka.

If you are interested in applying to the programme please contact the Faculty on 07 838 4737 or email Alternatively, apply to enrol here.

2018 Papers, Dates and Fees

Note: New paper codes apply from 2018, and all papers will have a credit point value of 15 points. Fees information is not yet available.

PaperPointsDatesTuition Fee
MAORI111-18C (HAM)15Mon 26 Feb - Fri 30 MarchTBA
MAORI112-18C (HAM)15Mon 16 April - Fri 11 MayTBA
MAORI211-18C (HAM)15Mon 21 May - Fri 15 JuneTBA
MAORI212-18C (HAM)15Mon 2 July - Fri 27 JulyTBA
MAORI213-18C (HAM)15Mon 6 Aug - Fri 31 AugTBA
MAORI214-18C (HAM)15Mon 17 Sept - Fri 12 OctTBA