Māori Language/Te Reo Māori

Are you passionate about the survival, retention and maintenance of te reo Māori? Studying the Māori language at Waikato, you'll explore the world of te reo's accompanying traditions, and will play an important role in the survival of the language for future generations.

William Flavell

Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Education, Master of Education
Fluent in Japanese and te reo Māori, the high school teacher and MEd graduate has a passion for shaping the hearts, minds and experiences of young people.

Kiharoa Milroy

Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Teaching
Kiharoa has completed a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Teaching at the University of Waikato.

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

You'll learn in a supportive environment that sees new and exciting ways to deliver the language and with practitioners that 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 at an introductory level through to advanced. We are the only university that teaches level 3 during undergraduate study which enables 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 total immersion programme if you would like to gain the language in one year, and a mainstream programme for those who would rather study at a slower pace.

The ability to be fluent in both Māori and English has become increasingly important within a number of professional areas including (but not limited to) education, medicine, research, media, Government and travel and tourism.


Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies
Phone: 0800 924 528 ext: 4737 or + 64 7 838 4737