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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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One year full-time

Develop an understanding and knowledge of:

  • Advanced sentence structures, grammar conventions and contextual vocabulary
  • Technical knowledge of advanced- level reo Māori in both familiar and unfamiliar contexts
  • Advanced level te reo Māori to achieve tasks in specified contexts
  • Observance of tikanga and ahuatanga Māori to lead and guide specific people and tasks
  • Theoretical and technical knowledge to research a topic of interest including relevant matauranga Māori rangahau methods and ethics
  • Confidently and competently conversing in te reo Māori at Level 5

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

One year full-time

  • To provide akonga with the knowledge and skills to converse in Te Reo Māori at an intermediate level
  • To provide akonga with the skills to communicate in Te Reo with some independence and confidence in everyday whanau, marae, social/community, workplace and/or academic contexts; and in Māori environments where they feel comfortable.
  • To contribute positively to the development of Te Reo kia tika, kia rere, kia Māori or have a personal and/or professional interest in Te Reo Māori
  • To provide a pathway for entry to higher level qualifications
  • To provide an employment pathway to the diverse spaces within Te Ao Māori
  • To build a harmonious nation and provide access to Te Reo Māori for all

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 have 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 to express connections to the land and the environment and 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

One year full-time

Te Ara Reo Māori (He Pi Ka Pao) is primarily a Māori language programme that provides access to a safe and exciting learning environment underpinned by Māori values and philosophies. This beginner’s level Māori language programme will introduce the learner to basic tikanga Māori and introductory conversational Māori language. Te Ara Reo Māori is unique in its preferred delivery methodology of Ako Whakatere (accelerated learning) techniques. This programme aims to increase the number of speakers in conversational Te Reo Māori across all generations and cultures. The learner will examine aspects of tikanga Māori through activities specially designed to encourage communication in Māori. These will include a combination of formal and informal situations such as hui, powhiri and noho marae. Te Wananga o Aotearoa sees the Te Ara Reo Māori programme as an opportunity to develop communities within New Zealand that celebrate and share each other's cultures, languages and experiences.

Course Details

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

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