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Maori Night Classes

These free night classes provide an introduction to te reo Māori from beginner level to full immersion. Ahakoa ko wai, no hea koe, ko tēnei te wā! No matter who you are or where you're from, this is the time to immerse yourself in the richness of te ao Māori (the Māori world).


If you have already been enrolled in a Māori night class, you’ll need to re-enrol through your Student Portal. New students can apply via this page.

Te ao Māori is an exciting and enduring culture that has shaped Aotearoa's society and is an integral part of our contemporary lifestyle. We offer free te reo Māori night classes at four different levels, and whatever level you choose, you'll get to explore our beautiful Te Noho Kotahitanga marae and wharekai. They are hubs for teaching and learning, places 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).

Kōrero mai – give it a go!

General class informaton

Ngā rā, ngā wā, me ngā wahi (duration, time, and locations) (Click to expand)

Term Day of the Week Start and End dates Class times Location(s)
1 Mondays 1/2/21 to 12/4/21 6pm to 9pm Mt Albert
Tuesdays 2/2/21 to 13/4/21 6pm to 9pm Mt Albert
Tuesdays 2/2/21 to 12/4/21 6pm to 9pm Waitākere (no Level Wha)
Wednesdays 3/2/21 to 14/4/21 6pm to 9pm Mt Albert
2 Mondays 3/5/21 to 3/7/21 6pm to 9pm Mt Albert
Tuesdays 4/5/21 to 4/7/21 6pm to 9pm Mt Albert
Tuesdays 4/5/21 to 4/7/21 6pm to 9pm Waitākere (no Level Wha)
Wednesdays 5/5/21 to 5/7/21 6pm to 9pm Mt Albert
3 Mondays 26/7/21 to 27/9/21 6pm to 9pm Mt Albert
Tuesdays 27/7/21 to 28/9/21 6pm to 9pm Mt Albert
Tuesdays 27/7/21 to 28/9/21 6pm to 9pm Waitākere (no Level Wha)
Wednesdays 28/7/21 to 29/9/21 6pm to 9pm Mt Albert
4 Mondays 11/10/21 to 13/12/21 6pm to 9pm Mt Albert
Tuesdays 12/10/21 to 14/12/21 6pm to 9pm Mt Albert
Tuesdays 12/10/21 to 14/12/21 6pm to 9pm Waitākere (no Level Wha)
Wednesdays 13/10/21 to 15/12/21 6pm to 9pm Mt Albert

Please note: You only attend class once a week, on the same evening every week where possible.

Mt Albert campus: Marae, Gate 3, Carrington Rd, Mt. Albert.

Waitākere campus: Building 510, Level 1, Waitākere Lane, Henderson.

Public holidays are observed during each term – there will be no classes on these days and your term will be reduced accordingly. We have an 80% attendance policy – failure to meet this requirement will result in an automatic withdrawal (8 out of 10 classes must be attended).

Te utu (fees)

All courses are free for domestic students. To be eligible, you must provide a certified copy of your birth certificate, passport (New Zealand, or overseas with residency documents), or citizenship certificate.

Please note, these courses are currently unavailable to international students.

Tahi (Beginner)

Please note: Applications for Tahi have now closed. Register your interest for the next intake below!

This course provides an introduction to basic personal introduction, mihimihi, karakia, waiata, to the basic language structures and vocabulary at a communicative level. It reinforces vowel, consonants, diphthongs, blends, and correct pronunciation of te reo Māori words and much more.

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Rua (Intermediate)

Choose this level if you already know many basics of te reo Māori i.e. numbers and colours.

This course offers an extension to Reo Tahi or for learners with a basic understanding of language knowledge with punctuation, syntax, past and present and future tense, pepeha, whakapapa and much more.

Apply for Rua

Toru (Advanced)

Choose this level if you already know how to structure complex sentences in te reo Māori.

This course is a further extension again of language acquisition and cultural awareness. This includes being supported to be able to convers comfortably, with a focus on sentences and oral conversations in class and much more.

Apply for Toru

Wha (Full immersion)

Choose this level if you're comfortable speaking sentences in te reo Māori.

At this advanced level, you will contribute to classroom discussions, sing appropriate mōteatea and recite karakia for different settings (course runs subject to numbers).

Apply for Wha

Whakapā mai (contact us)

Location: Building 171 (Puukenga), Mt. Albert Campus
Hours: Monday to Friday, 9am - 4pm
Phone: +64 9 892 7093

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Kura Pō FAQs

What if I have already taken a Māori night class at Unitec?

We’re glad you’ve decided to return! In this case, you don’t need to apply again via the website – you can simply re-enrol for either the same level or a different level, in your online student portal.

What if I can’t see my preferred class in the enrolment portal?

Unfortunately, this means that the class is full. If this is the case, it would be great if you could refrain from applying for a different class in the same intake unless you are definitely able to take that class. This is to ensure that applicants who are able to take that class can still reserve a place. Instead, we encourage you to contact the team by emailing or 09 892 7093, to express your interest. We will be back in touch if any additional spaces open up.

What documents do I need in order to apply?

When applying online, you’ll need to supply a certified copy of either your NZ passport or birth certificate to confirm NZ residency. You can organise a certified copy of your ID document with a JP (Justice of the Peace) or Solicitor, or you can bring in your original document to Student Central (Te Pae Kōrero) at Mt Albert or Waitākere Campus and one of the team can certify a copy for you.

For opening hours and locations of our Student Central (Te Pae Kōrero) on each campus, please see our Student Central page.

Go to Student Central page

How can I track my application?

You can keep up to date on where your application is at, and when you’re officially enrolled, via your online student portal. You will be able to set up your login for this portal once you have applied for the course.

What if I need to cancel my application?

If your application is in progress, you can cancel your application at any time via the online enrolment portal. If you’re already enrolled, it is still really important that you let us know over the phone or via email, so we can contact anyone who may be on the waiting list.

What is the difference between the two online portals?

The Enrolment Portal is for people who have applied but are not yet enrolled. The Student Portal is for people who have been officially enrolled in the programme. You will be notified via email when you’re enrolled and when you’ll be able to access the Student Portal, and you’ll also be able to see this status in the Enrolment Portal.

What if I need to miss a class?

It’s fine if you need to miss a class, though please be aware that an 80% attendance is required to pass the course. If you know you need to miss a session, you can let us know over the phone or via email, or you can speak to your kaiako (teacher) at class prior to your absence.