Academic Kōrero for Poupou Huia Te Reo

The choice you made to enrol in the Poupou Huia Te Reo course shows you have a commitment to ‘te reo Māori’. Ka mau te wehi! This is one of the criteria for entry into the programme; the other is a commitment to the completion of the course. Before you take the next step, let us explain how it all works and what you need to do in order for you to develop your reo Māori and complete this course.

Are you new to the language? Do not be concerned; the more you put into it the more you will get out of it, and you will also have tutor support for the duration of your study with us at Te Wānanga o Raukawa.

Our Poupou Huia Te Reo course Level 4 is focused on the language of the home and suited to all language levels, so there is something in it for everyone.

We provide audio and interactive activities for you to follow and read along to each week to help reinforce what you have learned and help you to achieve the outcomes of this course.

You will need access to the internet because everything is delivered online. There are no live sessions as part of this course. 

We recommend that you spend a minimum of 12 hours a week on the listening activities, exercises and interaction with others in the course. You do not have to sit at the computer to do this; you can listen to the audio while commuting to work, spend your lunch break doing activities, or follow the programme when the tamariki have gone to bed. The best thing about this course is that you can learn in your own time, at your own pace and with others (within the 20 week period).

There are two scenarios that are followed throughout the course:

Whānau – Daily activities and the language features that are used for getting baby ready, cooking, cleaning and working in the garden. That is the instructional language used to inform for a desired action and the negation of an unwanted action.  

Pakiwaitara (Fairy tales) - We have translated  6 well known fairy tales such as Goldilocks (Kōuraraka), and created an audio drama to listen and read along too.

The course is entirely on-line, however we do provide assistance and regular contact to ensure that you get the most from the course.

The course will be open for 20 weeks as outlined below:

  • Wiki 1                                      Introduction week
  • Wiki 2  – Wiki 14           Lessons and activities  
  • Wiki 15                                    Assessment week  
  • Wiki 16                             Revision week
  • Wiki 17                                    Week to submit assessments (see below)
  • Wiki 18 – Wiki 20         Revision of course content before course closes

Poupou Huia Te Reo require you to complete three formal assessments to achieve this certificate.  The assessments will test your audial, oral and written skills.

  1.  Assessment 1 - Compile a word bank of new words, sentences, greetings and Kīwaha – Māori idioms.
  2. Assessment 2 – Listen to a recitation of common items found around the home, then complete an on-line quiz.
  3. Assessments 3 -  Submit an audio file of your pronunciation. Templates are provide as a script that you can use.

 In summary: Poupou Huia Te Reo is a fully online 20 week reo programme suitable to all language levels; it is fun, has tutor support and is free for New Zealand citizens and Permanent Residents (living in NZ). There are no live sessions or noho to attend and you can study in your own time and at your own speed (within the 20 week period).

 Kua takoto te manuka, kawea ake!

 Kua rite koe? Are you ready?

Before you submit your enrolment application, please carefully consider all your commitments and capacity to engage (time, device and internet access). If you are still confident and committed to this reo journey, we look forward to receiving your enrolment.

He aha te utu? What is the cost?

 If you are a New Zealand citizen (regardless of the country you live in), or, if you are a New Zealand Permanent Resident currently living in New Zealand, Poupou Huia Te Reo (both Level 4 & 5) are free.  If you are not a New Zealand citizen, or, Permanent Resident living in New Zealand, a fee will be applied and an invoice will be issued shortly after enrolment.

If you have questions, please contact Te Tomonga on 0800 9262642 or email