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Māori Language and Culture

Perhaps you’re Māori and want to find out more about your cultural heritage. Or maybe you’re interested in learning or improving your te reo. From Mātauranga Māori Electives to free short courses in te reo, Unitec’s range of short courses will help you discover the many layers of te ao Māori (the Māori world).

Explore your options

Te ao Māori is an exciting and enduring culture that has shaped Aotearoa's 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 tikanga and kawa (protocols) of a 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 night classes – 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 courses   Description
Maori Language and Culture Tahi   The course provides an introduction to basic language structures and vocabulary at a communicative level.
Maori Language and Culture Rua   This course offers you an extension of language acquisition and cultural understanding to feel comfortable in a Māori environment.
Maori Language and Culture Toru   This 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 Wha   This 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 tikanga and kawa (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 – Rua (MAOR5010): 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 (MAOR5050): Gain insight into Māori history and the world of Māori, and look at the impact of change on Māori culture and society.