Our Courses - Language, Culture & Teaching - Te Tohu

tohu o te reo māori


"Ko te reo te kāinga o te ahurea"

"The culture lives in the language"


By participating in this course you will become a practitioner of Te Reo Māori, a cultural leader who will support and determine your tribal future, someone actively conscious of your responsibility and commitment to the quality of Te Reo Māori.

Student outcomes

  • To share our love of Te Reo Māori.
  • To provide an in-depth academic study of Te Reo Māori in all its many streams.
  • To develop students’ capacity to a high level of applied Te Reo Māori; so that they are able to speak and lead in their tribal community.
  • To lead in the setting of consistent quality standards in Te Reo Māori.
  • To develop both a culture of creative composition and research, which will enable students to do a post-graduate study and assist in their chosen career pathways.
  • To equip students with Te Reo Māori for participation in leadership roles at all levels of public and community involvement.


Start Date:

12 February 2018


Undergraduate Degree


3 years, Full-Time


12-14 Morrison Street, Tāneatua


Classroom teaching and field trips, work-based projects, supervised and online tutorials

Annual Fee/Payment Options:

$5,763.00 including Student Fee Protection

Scholarships, & Studylink available (conditions apply) click here for fees & links

Entry Criteria

  • School leavers must be 17 years or older
  • Have gained university entry and have a B pass or higher in Te Reo Māori. 
  • Attend an interview and demonstrate competency in Te Reo by completing a Te Reo Māori diagnostic test.


Enquiry & Enrolments:

Karakia Kruger

Programme Manager:

Sandy Hata

Programme Tutor(s):

Finney Davis


Tamati Kruger


Mihi McLeod


Sandy Hata


The programme is a three-year undergraduate degree from level 5-7.

The first year will consist of capacity building by the student's total immersion in common situational experiences of Te Reo.

In year two, there will be eight papers: a reo paper, two linguistics, two literature streams (oral and written); and a research paper which will introduce students to the methodology of research.

Year three consists of three strands as in year two, oral and written literature and linguistics, with two papers in each strand, creative composition and research.

All papers in this degree are compulsory and will be taught, studied and assessed in Te Reo Māori.

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