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Māori Language/Te Reo Māori

Are you passionate about the survival, retention and revitalisation of te reo Māori? Studying the Māori language at Waikato, you'll explore the world of te reo and its accompanying traditions while picking up vital cultural skills for today's diverse workplace.

Te reo Māori is an official language of Aotearoa/New Zealand. The study of te reo will enhance your identity as an individual and will help you establish a framework for other worldviews, international links and connections.

The ability to be fluent in both Māori and English has become increasingly important within a number of professional areas including education, medicine, research, media, government and tourism.

You'll learn in a supportive environment incorporating new and exciting ways to deliver the language and with practitioners who are committed to the ongoing survival, retention and maintenance of te reo Māori.

The Te Reo Māori programme at Waikato enables you to learn the language from an introductory level through to advanced. We are the only university that teaches level 3 during undergraduate study. This gives you the advantage of attaining advanced language skills before progressing to graduate level or moving into the workforce.

There is also the opportunity to join a one year, full time, total immersion programme or a mainstream programme for those who would rather study at a slower pace.

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Key information

Study Location:Hamilton
Area of Study:

100 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
MAORI101Introduction to Conversational Māori for Absolute Beginners15.023A (Hamilton) & 23B (Hamilton)
For absolute beginner students, this introductory paper to conversational Maori pays particular attention to pronunciation, greetings, and forms of language associated with certain cultural functions, such as mihimihi, as well as tasks such as thanking people, farewelling, communicating personal information, and naming everyday obj...
MAORI111Te Reo Māori: Introductory 115.023A (Hamilton), 23X (Hamilton) & 23X (Tauranga)
An introductory paper for students with little or no knowledge of the Maori language which provides basic everyday language such as: greetings, farewells, focusing on family relationships, numbers, time, shopping, talking about a trip and commands.
MAORI112Te Reo Māori: Introductory 215.023B (Hamilton), 23X (Hamilton) & 23X (Tauranga)
This paper extends the language and communication skills developed in MAORI111 to include the language of mealtimes, instructions/commands, expression/idioms, describing clothing and parts of the body, and a variety of Marae protocol.
MAORI115Te Hā o te Reo: Emergence of the Language15.023X (Online)
This paper further reinforces students' acquisition of introductory language components taught in MAORI111 and MAORI112, expanding on the fundamentals of Mihimihi, Pepeha and Whakapapa, whilst introducing students to Kingitanga.

200 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
MAORI210Te Whakahaumanu Reo: Māori and Indigenous Language Revitalisation15.023B (Hamilton)
This paper will explore the impact of colonisation on indigenous languages and examine a range of current and historic language revitalisation initiatives, with a particular focus on Te Reo Maori.
MAORI211Te Reo Māori: Intermediate 115.023A (Hamilton), 23X (Hamilton) & 23X (Tauranga)
This paper builds on the skills acquired in MAORI112, developing a complexity in language skills required in the communication of detailed travel directions, describing internal and external characteristics of a person and describing objects.
MAORI212Te Reo Māori: Intermediate 215.023B (Hamilton), 23X (Hamilton) & 23X (Tauranga)
This paper builds on the skills acquired in MAORI211, developing further language skills required in Maori for communication about feelings, emotions, and describing the weather.
MAORI215Te Reo Whaiaro: Expressive Language15.023X (Online)
This paper further reinforces students' acquisition of introductory language components taught in MAORI211 and MAORI212, expanding on the fundamentals of introductory language form, instruction, expressions of emotion and colloquialisms.

300 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
MAORI310Ngā Pepeha, ngā Whakataukī me ngā Kupu Whakaari: Proverbial and Prophetic Sayings15.023A (Hamilton)
This paper concentrates on examining and analysing proverbial, prophetic and colloquial sayings within Maori culture. Ko te hangaitanga o tenei pepa, he matapaki, he wananga i nga pepeha, whakatauki, huahuatau me nga kupu whakaari a te Maori.
MAORI311Te Reo Māori: Advanced 115.023A (Hamilton), 23X (Hamilton) & 23X (Tauranga)
I tua atu o MAORI212, arotahi ai tenei akoranga ki te whakahohonu, whakawhanui ake i te reo me nga pukenga o te akonga ki te tuhituhi, ki te whakawhitiwhiti korero, ki te whakaatu me te whakamarama i nga kaupapa rereke o nga horopaki o te ao tawhito, te ao hou hoki. This paper builds on the language acquired in MAORI212 further dev...
MAORI312Te Reo Māori: Advanced 215.023B (Hamilton), 23X (Hamilton) & 23X (Tauranga)
I tua atu o MAORI311, ko ta tenei pepa he ata kuhu ki roto i etahi rangahau e hangai nei ki te whaikorero me te karanga, waihoki, ka kuhuna nga kano ahuatanga o te reo tonu, ara te kiwaha, te whakatauki me nga tongikura. I ko atu i enei, ka arohaehaetia nga manukura Maori. This paper builds on the language acquired in MAORI311 broa...
MAORI313Te Reo Māori: Advanced 315.0No occurrences
Ko te kaupapa o tenei pepa he whakawhanui, he whakapakari i te taha korero, whakarongo, panui, tuhituhi hoki. Katoa nga ahuatanga o tenei o nga whakaakoranga kei te reo Maori. Ki te whakapau te tangata i ona kaha ki enei whakaritenga, ka nui ake te ahei o te tangata ki te whakapuaki whakaaro-a-waha, a-tuhituhi hoki, ahakoa he aha te kaupapa; whakarongo, panui, whakamarama i nga korero a te tangata ahakoa ko wai, ahakoa no whea; whakawhanui i tana kete kiwaha, kirehu, whakatauki me te kupu whakarite.
MAORI316Te Reo Ahurei15.023B (Hamilton)
This paper is intended for students who have completed Maori language proficiency to intermediate level or higher. The emphasis will be on developing oral and critical skills in the use of the Maori language and English with particular attention on the critical examination and understanding of composition styles, including performa...
MAORI390Kaupapa Rangahau15.023X (Hamilton)
A Directed Study is a taught paper that enables suitably qualified undergraduate students to undertake a piece of extended Indigenous Studies research. Students enrolled in this paper work on a focused piece of research under the guidance of academic staff with relevant expertise.

500 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
MAORI590He Ketuketunga Kaupapa Kōrero: Directed Study30.023A (Hamilton), 23B (Hamilton) & 23X (Hamilton)
Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff.
MAORI592Dissertation60.023X (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
MAORI593Māori Thesis90.023X (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
MAORI594Māori Thesis120.023X (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.

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Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies
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