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Te Reo Māori for Beginners

Let us introduce you to basic Te Reo Māori language with the UCOL Te Reo Māori for Beginners.

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Quick info

Locations: UCOL Manawatū in Palmerston North, UCOL Whanganui, UCOL Wairarapa in Masterton, UCOL Horowhenua in Levin, Te Runanga O Ngā Wairiki - Ngāti Apa – Marton

Duration: 10 weeks part-time

Palmerston North
03 May 2024 - 05 Jul 2024
22 Jul 2024 - 23 Sep 2024 (class full)
24 Jul 2024 - 25 Sept 2024

01 May 2024 - 03 Jul 2024
25 Jul 2024 - 26 Sep 2024
15 Oct 2024 - 17 Dec 2024

22 Jul 2024 - 23 Sep 2024
14 Oct 2024 - 16 Dec 2024

2024 Semester 2 dates TBC

Domestic Fees: *

Scholarship info

International Fees:*
Please enquire for details

Additional Fees
Compulsory course costs may apply.

* Fees are indicative only, and are inclusive of the student services levy and GST (goods and services tax). The fee shown is for one year of study.

Te Reo Māori for Beginners is a relaxed conversational style course that will introduce you to basic Te Reo Māori language. Learn greetings and farewells, numbers, asking and saying how you are, basic mihimihi, pronunciation and rules of the Marae (dos and don’ts when visiting a Marae).

 Course Hours & Duration

This programme runs for 10 weeks. Per week, your learning will include 2 hours of class time.

Timings are:

Course starting:

Jul 2024: Mondays and Wednesdays 6-8pm (classes full)
26 Jul 2024. Fridays 9-11am

Mondays 6-8pm

Thursdays 6-8pm
25 Jul 2024

Course starting:
Jul 2024: Thursdays 6-8pm
15 Oct 2024 - 17 Dec 2024: Tuesdays 6-8pm
16 Oct 2024 - 18 Dec 2024: Tuesdays 6-8pm

Ngāti Apa

2024 days and times TBC

 Career & Study Outcomes

Successful completion of Te Reo Māori Beginner programme can further enhance their Te Reo skills with Te Reo Māori Intermediate programme.

 Course Information

Note: As a subsidiary of Te Pūkenga - New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology, UCOL Te Pūkenga is committed to providing the best learning outcome for you. As part of this, all programmes are currently being reviewed to make them portable, consistent, and closely aligned with the needs of the industry. When published, this course information is correct, but the courses offered may change over time. If you have any questions call an Enrolment Advisor on 0800 468 265.

 Learning Facilities

All ākonga have access to the full range of the UCOL on-site facilities such as the library, Learning Hubs, study areas and computer labs.

 Domestic Entry Requirements

Open entry.

For the domestic ākonga for whom English is not their first language, a diagnostic test may be used to identify the level of English language proficiency.

English language proficiency
If English is not your first language, you must also demonstrate English language skills equivalent to an IELTS overall band score (academic) of 5.5 with no band score less than 5 (or equivalent including TOEFL). IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form (i.e. combining scores from more than one test is not permissible).


For more information about NCEA Credits see the UCOL Te Pūkenga NCEA explained page.

 International Entry Requirements

Please enquire for details

 Advice & Guidance

Application checklist
It will make the process easier if you prepare the following before you apply:

  • National Student Number (NSN) (If you don't have a NSN, you may request one from NZQA, or you can supply a verified copy of your birth certificate, passport or Whakapapa statement.)
  • Evidence of your highest level of academic achievement (and evidence of prior learning, if applicable)
  • Evidence that you meet the entry requirements of the programme
  • Check if you're eligible for additional support or a scholarship. If you're 19 years or younger, you may be eligible to enrol in one of our free Youth Transition programmes.

Note that you will need to provide any verified documents in person, via post or email (not via the online application form).