Ākona Te Reo - Certificate in Māori Language Akona Te Reo - Certificate in Māori Language

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CertificatePart time - 1 year

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Embark on a learning journey while absorbing yourself in the Māori language. You will leave this programme with the ability to speak and understand Te Reo Māori.

Akona Te Reo is a flexible, beginner-level Māori language certificate focused on enabling students to use Te Reo at home or in the workplace. It combines basic speaking and writing with an understanding of the cultural context of Te Reo Māori.

Akona Te Reo is a part time course. It can be studied online, in person or through a mix of both methods, which students can change or adapt to fit with their own commitments as the course progresses. Face-to-face classes are held online and in the classroom on Mondays and Wednesdays. In addition, there are five Wānanga (language workshops) held on campus at the weekend for extra study.

Find out more about our Wānanga (language workshops).

Credit recognition

If you have work experience in this area, or a relevant prior qualification, you may be eligible for credit recognition towards this qualification.

Programme structure

To complete this Certificate you are required to complete a minimum total of 60 credits. Please browse the guide below to view the course options currently available within this qualification.

Core courses
Elective Courses

To be a full time student you need to maintain a workload of 120 credits per year. We recommend you talk with us to ensure you choose electives to benefit your future career.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements
  • 12 credits in NCEA Level 1 in Te Reo Maori.

Alternative requirements
  • Evidence of literacy, numeracy and an ability to study at the appropriate level. This can be through study, work and/or life experience. Literacy and numeracy assessments are available.

Additional requirements
English requirements
  • If English is not your first language you may also be required to provide evidence of your English language skills. If you have no evidence of your English language skills and are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, contact us for an assessment.

    Note: If you have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance requirements you are not required to provide evidence of English Language Skills.










Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Next steps

To apply for this programme please:

  • complete an Admission and Enrolment Form

If you don't meet the criteria for entry into this programme, we can help you meet entry level with our foundation and bridging programmes.

Alternatively, if you feel you have gained your learning through on the job experience talk to us about recognition or assessment of prior learning .

Due to Immigration New Zealand visa requirements international students are ineligible to enrol in this certificate.

Application documents

Career opportunities

You can take this certificate demonstrating your ability in Māori language to progress your current career or to discover a new direction. Organisations dedicated to health, education, social policy and economic development will value graduates with this qualification as will iwi-based and private companies in the tourism, arts and sports sectors.

Study pathways

Further Te Puna Wānaka programmes that may interest you include the Māori diplomas, Te Hāpara or Te Ātatu or the Bachelor of Language (Māori). Past students have gone to study degrees at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch College of Education and Lincoln University to complete degree and post graduate studies.

Recommended school subjects

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Māori language