Māori Language/Te Reo Māori (2020)

A programme in Te Reo Māori offers students the opportunity to study Māori language to a high level of competency.

Te Reo Māori is available as a major for the Bachelor of Arts. Te Reo Māori may also be included as a second major or minor in other undergraduate degrees, subject to the approval of the faculty in which the student is enrolled.

To complete Te Reo Māori as a single major for the BA, students must gain 135 points from papers listed for Te Reo Māori, including 105 points above 100 level, and 60 points above 200 level. Students must complete MAORI111, MAORI112, MAORI210, MAORI211, MAORI212, MAORI310, MAORI311, MAORI312, and MAORI316.

To complete Te Reo Māori as part of a double major for the BA or other undergraduate degree, students must gain 120 points from papers listed for Te Reo Māori, including 90 points above 100 level, and 45 points above 200 level. Students must complete MAORI111, MAORI112, MAORI210, MAORI211, MAORI212, MAORI310, MAORI311, and MAORI312.

To complete a minor in Te Reo Māori, students must complete 60 points from the papers listed for the Te Reo Māori major, including at least 30 points above 100 level and including MAORI111, MAORI112, MAORI211 and MAORI212.

Note: Students who have gained 14 credits or more at NCEA L3 in Te Reo Māori or Te Reo Rangatira, or equivalent will be exempt from MAORI111 and MAORI112 and will enrol directly into MAORI211 and MAORI212. Students will be guided to select 30 points from approved alternative papers at 100 level.

Te Tohu Paetahi, our total immersion Māori language programme, has paved the way for the revitalisation of our ancestral language and 2016 saw Te Tohu Paetahi programme celebrating its 25th birthday. Please refer to Te Tohu Paetahi for further information.

Note: Students who commenced a major in Te Reo Māori in 2016 or prior and are undertaking their third year in 2018 will do so using existing 20 point papers. Students are encouraged to contact the Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies for programme advice.


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  • Prescriptions for the GradCert(ReoMāori) and GradDip(ReoMāori)

    A Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma are available to graduates who have not included Māori Language/Te Reo Māori at an advanced level in their first degree.

    For further details, contact the Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies.

  • Prescriptions for the PGDip(Int&Trans)

    Entry to the Postgraduate Diploma in Interpreting and Translating Māori is based on the following criteria: a graduate degree of good academic performance in which Māori was a major subject, work experience in (or other knowledge of) translating and interpreting, assessment of the applicant's suitability in terms of experience, motivation, maturity, self-management and communication skills in both Māori and English.

  • 100 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    MAORI101Introduction to Conversational Māori for Absolute Beginners20A (Hamilton), 20A (Tauranga) & 20B (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...
    MAORI104Te Hā o te Reo: Emergence of the Language20X (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.
    MAORI111Te Reo Māori: Introductory 120A (Hamilton), 20X (Hamilton) & 20X (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 220B (Hamilton), 20X (Hamilton) & 20X (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.
  • 200 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    MAORI206Te Reo Whaiaro: Expressive Language20X (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.
    MAORI210Te Whakahaumanu Reo: Māori and Indigenous Language Revitalisation20B (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 120A (Hamilton), 20A (Secondary School - Unistart), 20X (Hamilton) & 20X (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 220B (Hamilton), 20B (Secondary School - Unistart), 20X (Hamilton) & 20X (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.
  • 300 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    MAORI310Ngā Pepeha, ngā Whakataukī me ngā Kupu Whakaari: Proverbial and Prophetic Sayings20A (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 120A (Hamilton), 20X (Hamilton) & 20X (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 220B (Hamilton), 20X (Hamilton) & 20X (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 320G (Hamilton) & 20G (Tauranga)
    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 t...
    MAORI316Te Reo Ahurei20B (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...
    REOM314Te Reo Maori: Advanced20S (Block)
    Whai ake ai tenei pepa i te REOM313, a, he whakapakari ake ano i nga pukenga o te reo me te whakawhanui, whakaniko hoki i te reo o te akonga ki nga momo korero o te reo okawa kia taea ai te whiu i te reo i nga momo horopaki okawa.
  • 500 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    MAORI590He Ketuketunga Kaupapa Kōrero: Directed Study20A (Hamilton), 20B (Hamilton) & 20X (Hamilton)
    Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff.
    MAORI592Dissertation20X (Hamilton)
    A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
    MAORI593Māori Thesis20X (Hamilton)
    An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
    MAORI594Māori Thesis20X (Hamilton)
    An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.

2020 Catalogue of Papers information current as of : 20 November 2019 2:21pm

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