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Te Tohu Paetahi

The first intensive te reo Māori immersion programme of its kind, Te Tohu Paetahi has paved the way for the revitalisation of te reo Māori for more than 25 years.

The class of 2016 on their end of year Marae noho to the Mount.

The focus of this programme is to provide students with a unique Māori language immersion pathway with a goal to produce students who can fluently and competently speak in te reo Māori.

All students enrolling in the Bachelor of Arts (BA) who are majoring in Te Reo Māori have the opportunity to further develop their knowledge with our Te Tohu Paetahi specialisation. The programme is taught predominantly in te reo Māori and involves taking the six compulsory te reo Māori papers below.

In 2018 the Hukatai stream (for beginners) is being run on the Waikato campus from Monday 26 February - Friday 12 October.  The workload in Te Tohu Paetahi is intensive. Therefore, it is important that students attend classes daily, 9am-3pm Mon-Fri.

Each paper will be taught in a 4-5 week block period through a total immersion language teaching and learning environment.

If you are interested in beginning your te reo journey with Waikato, please contact the Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies on 07 838 4737 or email

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PaperPointsDates Tuition Fee
MAORI111-18C (HAM) 15 Mon 26 Feb - Fri 30 March $750
MAORI112-18C (HAM) 15 Mon 16 April - Fri 11 May $750
MAORI211-18C (HAM) 15 Mon 21 May - Fri 15 June $750
MAORI212-18C (HAM) 15 Mon 2 July - Fri 27 July $750
MAORI213-18C (HAM) 15 Mon 6 Aug - Fri 31 Aug $750
MAORI214-18C (HAM) 15 Mon 17 Sept - Fri 12 Oct $750

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