Te Reo Māori – Diploma in Arts

With a Massey Diploma in Arts (Te Reo Māori) you’ll be able to use New Zealand’s indigenous language and participate in a Māori language community in ways that reinforce the everyday use of te reo.

Where you can study

Distance and online

International students

International students are not New Zealand citizens or residents.

Definition of New Zealand citizens and residents

Not open to international students

Specialise in Te Reo Māori for your Diploma in Arts at Massey

Become a competent speaker and writer of te reo Māori

Our te reo Māori courses will help to build up your knowledge of Māori language until you are a competent speaker and writer. You’ll be able to demonstrate your knowledge of Māori language in accordance with a Māori audience. You’ll also be able to share your skills in ways that express and reflect a Māori world-view.

Invest in the future of Aotearoa/New Zealand

The linguistic and cultural skills of New Zealand’s indigenous language are a crucial platform for mutual understanding and positive collaboration. You’ll have the confidence to engage productively in Māori environments. You’ll enhance your oral and written te reo in ways that will enable you to understand, appreciate and work with Māori speakers.

You’ll also be able to reflect critically on your own personal, professional and cultural development in ways that support lifelong learning in te reo Māori me ōna tikanga.

Learn from award-winning lecturers

Our te reo Māori qualification is led by staff who are leaders in Māori research. You’ll learn from winners of the Pikihuia Awards for Māori Writers, and lecturers who bring their knowledge and passion for Māori literature and development into their teaching, to give you a creative and innovative learning experience.

A Diploma in Arts in Te Reo Māori is a good fit if you:

  • are curious about te reo
  • want to contribute positively to your whānau and community
  • want to interact and communicate in Māori contexts.

Planning information

If you later proceed to the Bachelor of Arts degree, all of the courses in your Diploma of Arts can be transferred to the Bachelor of Arts.

Mehemea kua tutuki pai i a koe te NCEA 3 te reo Māori me haere tika koe ki nga pepa o te tau tuarua, 300210 whai muri tonu iho ko te pepa 300211.

If you have successfully completed NCEA level 3 te reo Māori you should enrol directly into the second year course 300210, followed by course 300211.

Mehemea pīrangi āwhina, whakamārama mō ngā pepa o te wāhanga reo, whakapā atu koa ki a teputahi-a-toi@massey.ac.nz

If you require assistance to discuss which reo Māori course you should enrol in please contact teputahi-a-toi@massey.ac.nz

If you are a Māori language speaker please contact teputahi-a-toi@massey.ac.nz prior to enrolling in language courses.

Official regulations

To understand what you need to study and must complete to graduate read the official rules and regulations for this qualification.

You should read these together with all other relevant Statutes and Regulations of the University including the General Regulations for Undergraduate Degrees, Undergraduate Diplomas, Undergraduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas and Graduate Certificates.

Returning students

For returning students, there may be changes to the majors and minors available and the courses you need to take. Go to the section called ‘Transitional Provisions’ in the Regulations to find out more.

In some cases the qualification or specialisation you enrolled in may be no longer be taking new enrolments, so may not appear on these web pages. To find information on the regulations for these qualifications go to the Massey University Calendar.

Please contact us through the Get advice button on this page if you have any questions.

Courses you can enrol in

Course planning key

Courses that need to be completed before moving onto a course at the next level. For example, a lot of 200-level courses have 100-level prerequisite courses.
Courses that must be completed at the same time as another course are known as corequisite courses.
Some courses are restricted against each other because their content is similar. This means you can only choose one of the offered courses to study and credit to your qualification.

Compulsory courses

Course code: 300111 Te Reo Kōnakinaki: Developing Te Reo 15 credits

Ko tēnei whakaakoranga reo Māori hei mahinga mā te tauira kua tīmata kē ki te ako i te reo Māori. Ko tōna tino kaupapa, ka whakamahia te reo hei reo whakawhitiwhiti whakaaro, hei reo kōrerorero i waenganui i te tangata. This course extends listening, speaking and writing competency to enable students to express themselves in Te Reo on a wide range of topics at an introductory level. Emphasis is on spoken and written Māori as a language of communication and interaction.

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Course code: 300210 Te Reo Kōrerorero: Discussing in Te Reo 15 credits

Nei rā te reo kōrero, te reo tuhituhi hei reo whakawhitiwhiti i roto i roto i te nohotahitanga a te tangata. Ka tirohia te takotoranga o te reo, ngā kupu kei te hāngai ki ngā kaupapa maha, otirā, ka tirohia ngā kīpeha pēnei i te kīwaha. Taught in te reo, this course emphasises the use and understanding of spoken and written Māori, focusing on the structure of the language, expanding vocabulary and using figures of speech such as colloquialisms.

Prerequisites: 300111

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Course code: 300211 Te Reo Whakanakonako: Embellishing Te Reo 15 credits

Ka ākona te momo reo e ahu mai ana i te kawa o ō tātou marae e hāngai ana ki te tangihanga, ki te whakataukī, ki te pepeha, ki te kōrero pūrākau, ki te waiata tawhito. I roto i ēnei kaupapa kōrero katoa ka wānangahia te momo reo hei whakapakari i tō reo kōrero, i tō reo tuhituhi, i tō reo whakamārama. Ko ngā whakahaere katoa mō tēnei pepa kei roto i te reo Māori. Taught in te reo, this course examines te reo as a formal language associated with tangihanga, whakatauki, pepeha, korero purakau and waiata tawhito.

Prerequisites: 300111

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Subject courses

Choose at least 15 credits from
Course code: 300310 Te Reo Auaha: Creative Writing in Te Reo 15 credits

Taught in te reo, this course applies critical analysis to literature in te reo by authors and composers across a range of genres and disciplines. Students engage in creative composition and explore a range of literary techniques and processes, including editing, peer review and critical revision.

Prerequisites: 300211

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Course code: 300311 Te Reo Papa: Strengthening Te Reo 15 credits

Tuatahi he ako i te momo reo e ahu mai ana i te moteatea-a-korero, korero purakau, me nga korero mo tetahi o ou na tipuna. I roto i enei kaupapa katoa ka wanangatia tenei momo reo hei whakapakari i to reo korero, to reo tuhituhi, to reo whakamarama. Ko nga whakahaere katoa mo tenei pepa kei roto i te reo Māori. Taught in te reo this course explores Māori poetry, tribal legends and writings about ancestors, linking Māori philosophies, idioms and metaphors with Māori as a modern oral and written language.

Prerequisites: 300211

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Course code: 300312 Te Reo o te Marae: Karanga and Whaikorerorero 15 credits

Taught in te reo, this course develops the language and skill of the formal mediums of karanga, whaikorero and other genres, including karakia, waerea, tauparapara and poroporoaki. Students appraise and develop aspects of tikanga, style, form and structure.

Prerequisites: 300211

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Subject qualification elective courses

Course code: 300110 Te Reo Whakahoahoa: Socialising in Te Reo 15 credits

An introduction to elementary Māori language structures, Māori terminology and the correct pronunciation of the Māori language.

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Course code: 300209 Te Reo Torangapu: Political Te Reo 15 credits

An examination of the language of struggle this course develops the use and understanding of political discourse in Māori both spoken and written through the use of text types associated with activism, essential customary and contemporary concepts, intermediate language patterns, and the use of oral genre such as proverbs and song to support political communication. He āta tūhura i ngā āhuatanga o te reo tohe te kaupapa o te pepa nei. Ka nui ake tō mōhiotanga ki te reo tōrangapū ā-waha, ā-tuhi mā te whakamahi i ngā momo kōrero e hāngai ana ki te mahi mātātoa, ngā ariā tūturu me ngā whakaaro hou, ngā takotoranga reo tau tuarua, tae atu ki ngā momo ā-waha pērā i te whakataukī, i te waiata hei tautoko i te whakawhitinga tōrangapū.

Prerequisites: 300110 or 300111

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Entry requirements

Admission to Massey

All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.

Specific requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this qualification, outside of university admission regulations.

English language requirements

To study this qualification you must meet Massey University's English language standards.

English language skills

If you need help with your English language skills before you start university, see our English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses.

Can't meet the entry requirements?

If you need to do a course before you start your qualification, there may be options for you in Summer School.

Fees and scholarships

Fees, student loans and free fees scheme

Your tuition fees may be different depending on the courses you choose. Your exact fees will show once you have chosen your courses.

There will also be some compulsory non-tuition fees and for some courses, there may also be charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.

Already know which courses you're going to choose?

You can view fees for the courses that make up your qualification on the course details pages.

Student loans (StudyLink) and Fees Free scheme

You may be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.

The New Zealand Government offers fees-free tertiary study for eligible domestic students. Find out more about the scheme and your eligibility on the Fees Free website. To use the site's eligibility checking tool, you will need your National Student Number.

Current and returning Massey students can find their National Student Number in the student portal.

Fees disclaimer

This information is for estimation purposes only. Actual fees payable will be finalised on confirmation of enrolment. Unless otherwise stated, all fees shown are quoted in New Zealand dollars and include Goods and Services Tax, if any. Before relying on any information on these pages you should also read the University's Disclaimer Notice.

Careers and job opportunities

Written and oral competence in te reo Māori is an asset for work in community, health, education and government organisations in Aotearoa New Zealand. Career pathways include:

  • community work
  • Māori and indigenous development
  • policy analysis
  • research
  • publishing and teaching.

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