Study Māori Language and Arts at SIT

Te Ara Reo Māori means the pathway to the Māori language, and in conjunction with Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, SIT offers pathways ranging from beginner level courses that promote learning and understanding of the Māori language, arts and culture, through to more intensive Diploma level study. From learning to communicate in casual and formal situations, to awareness and understanding the importance of safe cultural practices, Te Ara Reo Māori programmes will enable you to understand and participate in a wide variety of situations.

All our Te Ara Reo Māori courses are covered by the Zero Fees Scheme* and we promote a relaxed learning environment which incorporates a lot of fun and humour! Come and be part of this extraordinary learning experience at Southern Institute of Technology.

Programmes in Māori Language & Arts

Click on a circle in the table below to see the courses offered in each subject/qualification combination.

Masters Postgraduate Dip/Cert Graduate Dip/Cert Degree Diploma Certificate Short Course STAR / Gateway*

Gore

OCertificate41Māori Language & Arts2Gore

Invercargill

ODiploma41Māori Language & Arts1Invercargill
OCertificate41Māori Language & Arts1Invercargill
OSTAR41Māori Language & Arts1Invercargill

Queenstown

OCertificate41Māori Language & Arts7Queenstown
Masters Postgraduate Dip/Cert Graduate Dip/Cert Degree Diploma Certificate Short Course STAR / Gateway*

* STAR/Gateway programmes are only offered to NZ Secondary Schools

Māori Language & Arts Courses

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1 year

Te Reo Māori is developed further to enable tauira to speak confidently at an intermediate level in conversations and everyday situations. You will gain intermediate level knowledge of ‘Nga Tikanga Māori' from both a traditional and contemporary context. The programme is made up of four wahanga (sections) Te Hau Rawhiti - The Easterly winds - which has a descriptive focus,  Te Hau Raki - The Northerly winds - containing a language of investigation,  Te Hau a Uru - The Westerly winds - focusing on retelling stories and rekindling memories and Te Hau Tonga - The Southerly winds - focuses on future events and possibilities.

Course Details

One year

This programme aims to increase the number of speakers in conversational Te Reo Máori across all generations. You will examine aspects of tikanga Máori through activities especially designed to encourage communication in Máori. These will include a combination of formal and informal situations such as Hui, Powhiri and Noho Marae.

Course Details

Run over six weekend wananga

The content of this programme comprises a basic understanding of Māori art principles as it applies to both traditional and contemporary Māori contexts and includes safe practice and workspace management. The Kawai Raupapa programmes provide a tactile environment allowing the flexibility to learn by practice, making beautiful taonga (ornaments) using one of Aotearoa's most loved plants, the harakeke (flax), and learning the origin of mahi toi and how it is applied to Te Ao Māori and Te Ao hurihuri.

Course Details

Run over six weekend wananga

The content of this programme comprises a basic understanding of Māori art principles as it applies to both traditional and contemporary Māori contexts and includes safe practice and workspace management. The Kawai Raupapa programmes provide a tactile environment allowing the flexibility to learn by practice, making beautiful taonga (ornaments) using one of Aotearoa's most loved plants, the harakeke (flax), and learning the origin of mahi toi and how it is applied to Te Ao Māori and Te Ao hurihuri.

Course Details

1 year

This fun and exciting programme is a foundation level of the Māori language which will introduce you to basic tikanga Māori and introductory conversational Māori.

Course Details

One year full-time

On completion of this programme graduates will have developed an understanding and knowledge of:

  • Correct pronunciation of sounds and words 
  • Foundational sentence structures, grammar conventions and contextual vocabulary
  • Technical knowledge of foundation-level reo Māori in selected contexts and develop an emerging respect for Te Reo
  • Foundation level Te Reo Māori to achieve tasks in specified contexts
  • Māori social organisation, institutions, protocols and practices
  • Knowledge of Ako Whakatere methodology
  • Awareness of their individual learning styles and the ability to advocate for themselves
  • Participating in huihuinga

Graduates will:

  • Use Te Reo Māori vocabulary and grammatical structures at a basic level as an expression of mana tangata
  • Use te reo at a basic level to talk about themselves and their own connections to the land and the environment as an expression of mana whenua
  • Apply technical knowledge of basic reo to everyday use, and develop respect for te reo, as an expression of mana reo
  • Use te reo at a basic level to achieve tasks in familiar contexts as an expression of mana ao turoa
  • Use te reo Māori vocabulary and grammatical structures at a foundation level as an expression of use foundation-level reo Māori to express connections to the land and the environment, prominent places and people of the area, as an expression of mana whenua
  • Apply technical knowledge of foundation-level reo Māori in selected contexts and develop an emerging respect for te reo as an expression of mana reo
  • Use foundation level te reo Māori to achieve tasks in specified contexts as an expression of mana ao turoa.mana tangata

Course Details

This programme explores the art of Kapa Haka and gives students an insight into Maori culture and traditions.

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