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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.  From 2019 the course will also be offered from our Tauranga campus.

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 eight compulsory te reo Māori papers below.

In 2019 the Hukatai stream (for beginners) is being run from 25 February - Friday 11 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
MAORI111-19C (HAM) 15 25 Feb - 29 March $750
MAORI112-19C (HAM) 15 15 April - 10 May $750
MAORI211-19C (HAM) 15 20 May - 14 June $750
MAORI212-19C (HAM) 15 1 July - 26 July $750
MAORI311-19C (HAM)155 Aug - 30 Aug$750
MAORI312-19C (HAM) 15 16 Sept - 11 Oct $750
MAORI104-19C (NET)1525 Feb - 10 May$750
MAORI206-19C (NET) 15 20 May - 26 July $750

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Study Locations: Hamilton

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