Everyday Māori: Level 1 (Intensive)


This intensive course (8 sessions over four-weeks on Tuesdays and Thursdays) is for absolute beginners to start you on the journey to learn Māori tikanga (culture) and introductory te reo (language) at a steady, comfortable pace.  You will learn useful vocabulary to use in your home and everyday life and gain an understanding of the Māori world view through the learning medium of te reo.

Required materials:
A course workbook will be provided.

Target audience:
This course is suitable for everyone who wants to start learning te reo.

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

  • use correct pronunciation
  • express greetings and farewells for friends and family
  • introduce yourself and your family
  • acknowledge others using te reo; and  
  • integrate useful vocabulary into your everyday life.

Course outline:
The course covers the following topics:

Week 1:

  •  Session 1: Whakahua kupu – pronunciation
    • Karakia
    • Arapū – alphabet
    • Orokati – consonants
    • Oro puare – vowels
  • Session 2: Whakawhanaunga – getting acquainted
    • He kōrero whakamōhio - meeting & introducing other people
    • Mihi ōpaki - informal greetings
    • Poroporoaki - farewells

Week 2:

  • Session 3: Whanau (family)
    • Ētahi kupu whānau - family relationships
    • Tōku whānau – my family
  • Session 4: Tūrangawaewae - A place to stand
    • Nō hea koe? – Where are you from?
    • E noho ana koe ki hea? - Where do you live?
    • E mahi ana koe ki hea? - Where do you work?

Week 4:

  • Session 5: Ngā rā o te wiki – days of the week
    • Ngā tatau: numbers
    • Ngā rā o te wiki: days of the week
    • Ngā marama o te tau: months of the year
    • Kei te pēhea…? - Asking how someone is?
  • Session 6: Te reo ōpaki – Useful phrases
    • Te waea – on the phone 
    • Tuhi reta – letter writing
    • Kei te rūma kai – in the dining room
    • Kēmu - Games
    • Kei te papa tākaro - At the sports field

Week 4:

  • Session 7: Tikanga ōkawa Māori (Māori customs)
    • Tikanga Māori in the formal Pōwhiri
    • Tikanga Māori in informal marae or meeting settings
    • Using Tikanga Māori 
  • Session 8: Aromatawai
    • Mihimihi

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.

Kealyn Te Amotahi Marshall-Nyman (Te Atihaunui-a-paparangi) completed a Bachelor of Arts in Te Reo Māori and Māori studies and a Bachelor of Teaching at Victoria University of Wellington and now teaches full-time. He enjoys sharing his enthusiasm for te reo Māori with others.

"I really enjoyed the way the course was run - you could choose the level of learning that you wanted to take out of it, and it was a very supportive environment for those less confident in speaking in front of a class, Everyday Māori for Beginners (2019)

“Everyday Maori for Beginners was an excellent and informative introduction to learning Maori. It has given me a greater understanding and appreciation of the richness of the language and culture”, Everyday Māori for Beginners (2018)

Relevant links:
Workplace Māori
Everyday Māori: Level 2
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.