Toro Mai , Toro Mai

Whakawhanaketia tō puna mātauranga Māori mā te whakatutuki i te kaupapa o Toro Mai - e rua ngā kaupapa ako ā-ipurangi utu kore e aro ana ki te pūtaketanga o te reo Māori me ngā tikanga Māori.

Join us on a guided journey of learning to deepen your understanding and awareness of Māori knowledge with Toro Mai – two free introductory online courses on te reo Māori and tikanga Māori.

Close-up of a traditional Maori wooden carving

Toro Mai to ringa, ki ngā kete o te wānanga
Reaching out to the realms of Māori knowledge

Toro Mai consists of two online courses – one on te reo Māori, and one on tikanga. Each course takes approximately 10 hours to complete and can be studied at your own pace. There are no costs involved, no assignments, and no exams. The courses are not accredited.

Te reo Māori course

This course will help you use te reo Māori at home and in everyday situations. Topics include:

  • ngā mihimihi (meet and greet)
  • te whānau (family)
  • te kai (food)
  • ngā hararei (holidays)
  • ngā hākinakina (sports)
  • te hauora (Māori vitality and wellbeing)
  • te kāinga (home)
  • te mahi (work).

Tikanga Māori course

The tikanga Māori course gives emphasis to te ao Māori (the Māori world). Topics include:

  • ngā kōrero pūrakau (ancient Māori narratives)
  • kaupapa, tikanga, kawa (Māori cultural principles, practices and rituals)
  • te hauora (Māori vitality and wellbeing)
  • te ao hurihuri (dynamics of the modern Māori world).

Meet our kaiarahi (guides)

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Professor Meihana Durie

Rangitāne, Ngāti Kauwhata, Ngāto Porou, Rongo Whakaata me Ngāi Tahu

Meihana is Head of Te Pūtahi-a-Toi (the School of Māori Knowledge) and Professor of Māori Knowledge. His teaching and research background spans across te reo Māori, tikanga Māori, mātauranga Māori, Māori education and Māori health. Meihana contributes to a range of kaupapa that give emphasis to Māori vitality, cultural identity and achievement.

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Associate Professor Scotty Morrison

Te Arawa

Scotty is Professor of Te Reo Māori at Te Pūtahi-a-Toi (the School of Māori Knowledge). In addition to many years teaching and lecturing in te reo, he has published extensively in the area of te reo Māori usage and acquisition, including bestselling language guides "Māori Made Easy" and "Māori at Home". Scotty is a veteran te reo Māori broadcaster on both television and radio and holds a number of appointments contributing to the advancement of te reo Māori.

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Stacey Morrison

Ngāi Tahu me Te Arawa

Stacey is based in Te Pūtahi-a-Toi (the School of Māori Knowledge) where her work explores new pathways for whānau and community-centred learning. Stacey has immense experience in Māori and mainstream broadcasting on television and radio, both as a presenter and political commentator. She has published on whānau-centred usage of te reo Māori and holds a range of appointments, including ambassador roles for a number of causes.

How to access the courses

To access the courses go to the Toro Mai website.

Continue learning

We hope you’ll be encouraged to continue your te reo Māori and tikanga journey when you’ve completed Toro Mai. Te Pūtahi-a-Toi (the School of Māori Knowledge) offers further courses in Te Reo Māori and Māori studies both on campus and online.

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