Explore your options

Te ao Māori is an exciting and enduring culture that has shaped Aotearoa society, and is an integral part of our contemporary lifestyle. Unitec’s Maia Māori Centre offers a fascinating range of Mātauranga Māori Electives for current students and free te reo short courses for everyone.

You could learn about the protocols of marae, Māori philosophy and cosmology, and arts like tā moko (tattooing). You could even learn the traditional art of Māori flax weaving from some of the most skilled weavers in Aotearoa New Zealand. Or join one of our free te reo Māori courses – perfect for beginners to advanced speakers.

Whatever Māori education course you choose you'll get to explore our beautiful Te Noho Kotahitanga marae and wharekai. They are a hub for teaching and learning, a place for ceremonial and celebratory gatherings, and a source of local and historical knowledge.

You’ll also be taught by some of the best lecturers in an authentic tikanga Māori environment (a learning atmosphere guided by Māori protocols).

Ahakoa ko wai, no hea koe, ko tēnei te wā!
No matter who you are or where you are from, this is the time to immerse yourself in the richness of te ao Māori – the Māori world.

Short courses

Start with a short course that suits your qualifications and/or experience, then progress to a level that achieves your goals.
Short coursesDURATION 
Maori Language and Culture TahiThe course provides an introduction to basic language structures and vocabulary at a communicative level.
Maori Language and Culture RuaThis course offers you an extension of language acquisition and cultural understanding to feel comfortable in a Māori environment.
Maori Language and Culture ToruThis course offers further extension of language acquisition and cultural understanding to enable you to feel comfortable and korero in a Māori environment.
Maori Language and Culture WhaThis is the most advanced Māori language and culture course we offer in total immersion.

Mātauranga Māori Electives

Mātauranga Māori electives are a great way for current Unitec students to learn more about te reo Māori (the Māori Language), the protocols of a marae, Māori philosophy and cosmology, and arts such as tā moko (tattooing) and raranga (weaving). Whakawhānuitia ōu wawata – broaden your horizons.

You can complete Mātauranga Māori electives as part of a Unitec certificate, diploma or degree programme. Each elective is offered at level 5 and is worth 15 credits.

Te reo Māori – Tahi (beginner)

Course code MAOR5060 - FREE

This course offers an introduction to the basic language structures and vocabulary at a communicative level. It focuses on vowels, consonants, diphthongs, blends and the correct pronunciation of Māori.

Te reo Māori – Rua (intermediate)

Course code MAOR5010 - FREE

This course offers an extension of language acquisition and the cultural understanding to enable you to feel comfortable in a Māori environment.

Understanding te ao Māori

Course code MAOR5050

Gain insight into Māori history and the world of Māori, and look at the impact of change on Māori culture and society.

Toi Māori (Māori arts)

Course code MAOR5030

Ideal for students who are studying for the Bachelor of Design and Visual Arts, you will broaden your knowledge of whakairo (carving), raranga (weaving), tā moko (tattooing) taonga puoro (musical instruments), and your knowledge of contemporary Māori artists.