New Zealand Certificate In Te Reo Māori (He Pī Ka Pao) Level 1 - Invercargill

Qualification: Certificate
Level: 1

Level 1 – 17/02/2020 – 29/06/2020

Level 2 – 13/07/2020 – 23/11/2020


Level 1 – 18/02/2020 – 30/06/2020

Level 2 – 14/07/2020 – 24/11/2020


36 weeks full-time
(18 weeks Level 1 and 18 weeks Level 2)

Location: Invercargill
Credits: 60

You must complete both Level 1 and Level 2 to receive the NZ Certificate in Te Reo Māori (He Pi Ka Rere) Level 1 and 2 qualification. You will automatically be enrolled into Level 2 once you enrol into this course.
 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.
  • To provide akonga with the knowledge and skills to converse in Te Reo Māori at a foundational level
  • To provide akonga with the opportunity to increase their ability to communicate in Te Reo Māori with little or no support in familiar everyday contexts and in Māori environments
  • To promote and encourage the use of Te Reo Māori as the language of choice
  • To provide akonga with the skills to participate in and understand Māori protocols and practices
  • To promote teaching methodologies which facilitate quality learning
  • To contribute positively to the development of Te Reo Kia Tika, Kia Rere, Kia Māori in personal or professional contexts
  • To produce akonga that have confidence to use Te Reo Māori where they feel comfortable
  • To provide a pathway for entry to higher level qualifications either internally with TWoA or externally with other providers
  • 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.


This konae ako introduces akonga to the pronunciation of Māori words,sounds, informal greetings and farewells as well as the teaching methodology of Te Ako Whakatere.


This konae ako introduces akonga to understanding and using numbers. Akonga are also able to introduce themselves in a formal and informal setting.


This konae ako introduces akonga to the language of objects, people, body parts and locations. Akonga then have the opportunity to follow and gives some simple instructions.

Te Wa

This konae ako introduces akonga to the language of time, days of the week, months, seasons of the year and dates.

The ZERO FEES SCHEME applies to this programme

  • No tuition fees
  • No direct material costs

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 foundational level reo Māori in selected contexts and develop an emerging respect for Te Reo
  • Foundational 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

Applicants should be a minimum of 16 years of age (unless an exemption from attending school has been granted) at the commencement of the programme. An exemption from attending school may be granted by a person designated under sections 21 or 26 of the Education Act 1989, by a school principal from a school in which the prospective tauira is registered, or by the Chief Executive of the Ministry of Education.

Open entry, however applicants should have little or no knowledge of Te Reo Māori and must attend an information sharing hui with a kaiako before enrolment.

Language Requirements

Applicants from countries with an annual student visa approval rate below 80 per cent, whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools is not English must provide evidence of:

  • Have gained NCEA Level 3 and met New Zealand University Entrance requirements, or
  • Have successfully completed a Bachelors’ Degree, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Bachelor Honours degree, Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, Masters’ Degree or Doctoral Degree, the language of instruction of which must be in English and which must be from a tertiary education provider from New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom or the United States, or
  • Have achieved a Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults, CELTA, or
  • Have achieved the required score and with all scores achieved in a single test in one of the internationally recognised English Proficiency tests (specified above) within the preceding two years.
  • To satisfactorily complete the New Zealand Certificate in Te Reo (Immersion Bilingual ) (Level 1) programme of study students will need:

    A minimum of 60 credits in accordance with the Programme/Qualification schedule for the New Zealand Certificate in Te Reo (Immersion Bilingual) (Level 1).

    The student will normally be expected to complete the New Zealand Certificate in Te Reo (Immersion Bilingual ) (Level1) programme of study full-time over one year or part-time over two years.

    Please Note: Students failing to attend for 80% of the timetabled programme hours may forfeit Zero Fees entitlement.

    Tuesday - 6pm to 9pm