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Study Māori Language and Arts at SIT

Te Ara Reo MāoriLearn to speak te reo Māori with confidence. In partnership with Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, we offer Māori language courses from Beginners through to Advanced Levels.

You will learn to pronounce Māori words correctly, confidently hold a conversation in te reo Māori and improve your understanding of Māori culture. At the end of the course you will improve the way you communicate, understand the importance of safe cultural practices and be able to participate in a variety of cultural situations.

SIT’s Zero Fees Scheme applies to all our Te Ara Reo Māori courses.


At present in light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, all students applying for entry to a health related /social services  programme are highly recommended to be vaccinated against COVID-19. All health sector organisations engaging health care workers have obligations under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 to take all reasonable steps to eliminate, or otherwise control, the risk of COVID-19 transmission in the workplace.  The NZ government has mandated the vaccine for frontline health care workers. As a result the health care providers we work with are requiring their staff, including any students on placement, to be vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination. If you are unvaccinated or if you choose not to disclose whether or not you are vaccinated or to provide evidence if asked, then this will have an impact on healthcare placements that you can be allocated to as part of your undergraduate health programme and will have an impact on successful completion of the programme.


Employment agencies  accessed by students of  programmes of study other than health/social services  may also choose to only accept those students for placement  who are  vaccinated against Covid 19. On this basis SIT cannot guarantee placements for unvaccinated students and therefore cannot guarantee  programme successful completion for those students who choose not to  be vaccinated against Covid 19.


Available Courses

Available Courses in
  • Invercargill
  • Gore
  • Queenstown
  • Telford

Partnership with Te Wānanga o Aotearoa

Te Wananga o Aotearoa logoFor over 14 years the Southern Institute of Technology and Te Wānanga o Aotearoa have had a Strategic Partnership Arrangement to offer Te Reo Māori programmes to students under SIT's Zero Fees Scheme. 
This partnership began in 2005 and was first initiated by Rongo Wetere (founder of Te Wānanga o Aotearoa) and Penny Simmonds (former Chief Executive Officer of Southern Institute of Technology).   

Te Reo Māori courses available at SIT:

Basic Beginners

Beginners to Conversation

Conversational and Research

New Zealand Diploma Te Hapūtanga o te Reo Māori L5
Te Toi – Raranga – Weaving L3 (waiting accreditation)