Everyday Māori: Level 3


Photograph of carved Maori waka (canoe)Overview:
Building on content learnt in Everyday Māori for Beginners and Everyday Māori: Level 2, this course will further develop your proficiency in te reo Māori me ōna tikanga in a supportive and constructive environment.

You will acquire an appreciation for the language and a greater understanding of its grammar. The course is designed to develop your confidence and your ability to use te reo correctly in different contexts.

Course materials:
A course workbook is provided.

Target audience:
This course is aimed at anyone who has completed Everyday Māori for Beginners and Everyday Māori: Level 2 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 discuss and write about a range of topics in te reo Māori.
  • Confidently recite karakia tīmatanga and karakia whakamutunga
  • Have written a brief narrative in te reo Māori
  • Give a short presentation on a socio-cultural topic.
  • Have increased your confidence in your oral and aural language proficiencies.


Course outline:
The course covers the following topics:

Week 1: Arotake i ngā kaupapa o mua - Revision

  • Karakia
  • Whakatau ki te karaehe
  • Revision of previous sentence structures
  • Whakatika hē

Week 2: Rere mahi – Active sentences

  • A/O categories
  • Rere mahi
  • Rere mahi negation

Week 3: Rere taurite - Comparisons

  • Equative sentences
  • Quality comparison
  • Dialogue practice

Week 4: Rere āhua - Statives

  • ‘He’ descriptive sentences
  • Rere āhua
  • Causative marking
  • Kupu hou

Week 5: ‘When’

  • Expressing ‘when’
  • Māori narratives

Week 6: Rere riro n-/m-

  • ‘He’ possession
  • N- possession
  • M- possession
  • Whakakahore – negating

Week 7: Rerenga tūhonohono

  • Revision
  • Aromatawai review
  • Kupu tūhono

Week 8: Aromatawai

  • Mihimihi
  • Presentation about a socio-cultural topic
  • 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 half-way through each session, and tea/coffee is 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.

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 is a former tutor of the language at Victoria University.


"The kaiako is knowledgeable, approachable and great at what he does!", Everyday Māori: Level 2 (2019)

"Kia ora. Jamie was an excellent, relevant and humorous presenter. The course covered a lot, but the notes were well structured so they are an ongoing resource.", Everyday Māori: Level 2 (2019)

“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 2
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.