Heke Reo Māori

Diploma in Te Reo Māori

This programme is now full and applications for the 2021 year have now closed, 2022 applications will open in May 2021.

Ko tōku reo tōku ohooho, ko tōku reo tōku māpihi maurea. My language is my awakening, my language is the window to my soul. 

Learn the foundations of the language and gain skills in mihimihi, karakia, waiata and kōrero. You will attend daily classes at the Ōtaki campus, as well as a number of residential seminars, or noho, throughout the year.

Te reo Maōri is what helps to define us as a people, setting us aside from any other culture on earth. As Māori it is our birthright, a gift from our ancestors and one that must be nurtured to evolve for future generations.  

This one year full immersion programme will help to bring forth that seed which lies dormant. If you are seeking to become fluent in te reo Māori then this tohu will ensure you develop proficiency in acquiring the language.  

Taught under tikanga Māori you will start your journey to becoming an exponent of the reo, along with iwi and hapū studies, opening you up to a range of future opportunities across all sectors and preparing you for further study in the degree programme. 

Classes are held at the Ōtaki campus Monday to Thursday 9am - 3pm.

This one year level 5 diploma is also the first year of the three year Poutuarongo Reo Māori (Bachelor of Te Reo Māori).

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Heke Reo Māori

Diploma in Te Reo Māori

Code: HReo
Credits: 120
1 year
Level: NZQA Level 5
Delivery: Daily classes, residential seminars and self directed learning
Location: Ōtaki
Mode: Bilingual (Māori/English)
Course Starts: Huringa 1 (14 March 2022)
Entry Requirements: Minimum age of 17 years. Regular internet access, email address and computer or laptop with a working mic and camera are required.
Tuition Fees: $3,236 (approximately)




  • Year One

    PREOA101 Te Whata Nui o Te Kāinga I
    PREOA102 Te Whata Nui o Te Kāinga II
    PREOA103 He Ora Kei Te Kupu
    PREOA104 Kia Rangatira Te Kai
    PREOA105 E Kore Au e Ngaro
    PREOA106 Whakatupuria Te Tātainga Whakaaro


    IWI101 Private Study of One Marae
    IWI102 Private Study of Iwi History



Year One Schedule

After Graduation

Ka puta te ihu

  • Further study with the Poutuarongo Reo Māori (Bachelor of Te Reo Māori)
  • Teacher aide
  • Kōhanga Reo kaiāwhina
  • Contribute to reo revitalisation
  • Support the implementation of kaupapa Māori programmes
  • Contribute to your marae paepae
  • Utilise research and presentation skills