Everyday Māori: Level 2


Maori weavingOverview:
Continuing on from Everyday Māori for Beginners this course will further develop your understanding and knowledge of tikanga Māori and te reo Māori in a fun learning environment. You will learn fundamental sentence structures as well as an extensive list of vocabulary and phrases that you will be able to integrate in to everyday life, in both formal and informal settings. You will gain a richer knowledge of tikanga and te reo, and more importantly have confidence in using it!

Course materials:
A course workbook is provided.

Target audience:
This course is aimed at anyone who has completed Everyday Māori for Beginners and for people who have a basic knowledge of te reo Māori that are hoping to improve on their language skills and acquisition.

Learning objectives:
By the end of this course, you will:

  • Be able to confidently present your mihimihi
  • Recite new karakia and waiata
  • Be able to hold a short conversation in all settings and be able to ask and answer questions using the following sentences:
    • Descriptive
    • Possessive
    • Locative
    • Active/Action sentences
  • Acquire a comprehensive list of new vocabulary and proverbs
  • Give a short presentation on your family using a variety of sentence structures
  • Have increased your confidence in using te reo Māori

Course outline:
The course covers the following topics:

Week 1: Whakawhanaunga – Getting acquainted

  • Karakia
  • Whakahua kupu – pronunciation
  • Arotake i ngā mahi – revise course content from Level One
  • Mihimihi

Week 2: I te kāinga – At home

  • Kupu hou
  • Rere āhua – sentences used to describe and classify
  • Whakakahore – negating

Week 3: I te mahi – At work

  • Kupu hou
  • Pronouns
  • Possessive pronouns
  • Rere noa - Possession using ‘he’
  • Whakakahore – negating

Week 4:  I ngā rā hararei – On holiday

  • Kupu hou
  • I/Kei/Hei – tenses
  • Rere wāhi - Describing the location of something/someone
  • Whakakahore - negating

Week 5: I te toa – At the shops

  • Kupu hou
  • Rere mahi - Action sentences 

Week 6: I te taone – In the city

  • Rere mahi – Action sentences
  • Whakakahore – negating
  • Making a start on our aromatawai

Week 7: Tikanga Māori – Māori customs and protocols

  • Whakaharatau - Revising sentences learnt in the class
  • Preparing for aromatawai
  • Tikanga Māori
  • Waiata

Week 8: Aromatawai

  • Mihimihi
  • Presentation about your whānau
  • Where to from here?

Learning activities focus on listening, speaking, reading and writing te reo Māori. To reinforce your learning homework is encouraged. There is no formal assessment.

There is a short break halfway through each session, and tea and coffee are provided. You are welcome to bring your own refreshments if you wish.

Class limit:
This course is limited to a maximum of 20 participants, so please enrol early.


Kuratapirirangi Martina Rose Marsha Higgins (Ngāi Tūhoe) recently graduated from Victoria University with a Bachelor of Arts in Māori Studies and Māori Resource Management as well as a minor in Italian. Kura is passionate about languages and enjoys helping others in learning te reo Māori by imparting her own knowledge. She has past experience tutoring te reo Māori at Victoria University.


Tainui te waka, Waikato te awa, Ngāti Hauā te iwi, Kai-a-te-mata te marae. Whaearua Ross is a graduate of Te Herenga Waka at Victoria University of Wellington, majoring in Te Reo Māori and Media Studies. She has worked for two years as a tutor for Māori language papers and is currently completing her Honours degree in Māori and Media studies. She has a passion for the language and would love to see it used more widely by New Zealanders.


Jamie Yeates (Te Āti Awa; Te Pae o Rangitīkei) has recently completed his Honours degree in Māori Studies after receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Te Reo Māori, Māori Studies and Cultural Anthropology. He has a passion for te reo Māori and Māori culture, and previously tutored the language at Victoria University of Wellington.


Jacob McGregor has recently completed a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Relations with a minor in Te Reo Māori. He has had the joy of tutoring te reo Māori for the past two years at Victoria University. Jacob is eager to share his enthusiasm for te reo Māori with others.



"Whaearua was an excellent tutor. She pitched her teaching at an appropriate level, did so in a really approachable way with humour and relevance. She was positive and supportive and she put the use of Te Reo in a contemporary context, Everyday Māori for Beginners (2019)

"The teacher [Jacob] provided a convivial atmosphere that made learning a pleasure. He was ready to answer questions at all times and gave us invaluable information, encouraging and enabling us to go on learning & practicing te reo", Everyday Māori for Beginners (2019)

“The course was great, Kura is fabulous and very patient and kind, Everyday Māori for Beginners (2018)

“Our presenter [Jamie] had an open and engaging style. He was extremely proficient with the language and provided very relevant everyday references throughout the course. He provided sound advice on future options. Really appreciated his detailed feedback via email when preparing final speech.”, Everyday Māori – Level 2 (2018)

Relevant links:
Workplace Māori
Everyday Māori: Level 1
Everyday Māori: Level 3
Te Kawa a Māui
Language Learning Centre

For further information:
Continuing Education, Victoria University of Wellington, PO Box 600, Wellington 6140.
Phone 04 463 6556,  Email: conted@vuw.ac.nz

Please note: Courses need a minimum number of enrolments to go ahead. If your course doesn’t reach the number required, we’ll have to cancel it. If this happens, we’ll contact you by phone or email about a week before the scheduled start date and arrange a full refund. Please check your emails regularly.