This course requires 2 options.

9 Te Reo Māori

Although next year timetables are yet to be finalised, course selection is now finished. Any changes to student courses will now take place in January.

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Ms J. Carter

Year 9 Māori is an absolute beginner’s course but will also be suitable for those who have learnt before but may need revising. Please let us know if you come from a Te Reo Māori speaking whānau and/or have come through Kōhanga Reo and/or Kura Kaupapa or Rumaki/Reorua etc., as we may be able to advance you to another year level.

By taking this course, you will be able to talk about the following topics in Te Reo Māori:

  • Yourself and your whānau (family)
  • Daily activities
  • Tikanga Māori or Māori culture
  • Food
  • School
  • Home

Aroha and manaakitanga ki te tangata (love and support for people) inform our teaching and classroom practice. There will also be opportunities for you to learn tikanga marae (marae protocol) and visit marae etc.

Course Overview

Term 1
Unit 1: Ngā Mihi - Greeting and Introductions.

In this unit you will learn how to greet, farewell and acknowledge people and respond; to ask how somebody is and respond; and to introduce yourself and others and respond.

Unit 2: Tōku Kāinga - My Home.

In this unit you will learn how to communicate about your home town and place of family origin; and your iwi, hapū, mountain and river.

Term 2
Unit 3: Tōku Whānau - My Family.

In this unit you will learn to communicate personal information about your family such as the names of your siblings, parent and grandparents; relationships between people; how many family members your have; what pets you have, and how many; and your whakapapa.

Unit 4: Tōku Rā Whānau - My Birthday.

In this unit you will learn to communicate about days of the week, months, seasons, numbers and dates so that you can say when your birthday is and how old you are.

Term 3
Unit 5: Tōku Kura - My School.

In this unit you will learn to communicate about classroom objects, physical characteristics using colour, location, saying what someone is doing, the school curriculum and likes and dislikes.

Unit 6: Tōku Āhuatanga - Personal Description.

In this unit you will learn how to communicate about physical characteristics, personality and your likes and desires.

Term 4
Unit 7: Te Āhua o te Rangi - Weather, Clothing and Time.

In this unit you will learn how to communicate about time and weather and to communicate about possessions. You will also be introduced to some Māori atua (gods).

Course Costs and Equipment/ Stationery requirements

Highly recommended:
$50 Education Perfect (combined subscription with Maths and Science)
$30 Māori To Go Workbook 1

Description Type Value
Education Perfect Voluntary $50.00
Māori To Go Workbook 1 Voluntary $30.00

Assessment Information

Ākonga (students) will be assessed in all four language modes (Whakarongo or Listening, Kōrero or Speaking, Pānui or Reading, and Tuhituhi or Writing) in a variety of ways during each term.


Tōku reo, tōku ohooho
Tōku reo, tōku mapihi maurea
Tōku reo, tōku whakakai marihi

Ko Te Reo Māori te reo tuatahi, te reo taketake o ngā moutere kai te kiia nei ko Aotearoa ināianei, arā, ko Te Ika a Māui, ko Te Waka a Māui, ko Te Punga o Te Waka hoki. Koia te reo i kōrerotia e ngā mātua tūpuna, ā, i tukuna iho mai hai taonga mō tatou. Kāore i tukuna kia rite ki te moa ka ngaro, engari, ka kōrero tonu mō ngā āhuatanga o te ao. Nō reira rā, ākona, puritia, kōrerotia, hai oranga mōu, mō tō whānau, hapū, iwi anō hoki.

E maha ngā mahi ka mahia mā Te Reo Māori, arā, ko ngā mahi katoa o Aotearoa whānui! Ki te hiahia te tangata ka āheitia te kōrero Māori i ngā wā katoa, i ngā wāhi katoa, nō reira rā, karawhiua e hine mā!

My language is my awakening
My language is my object of affection
My language is my most precious adornment

Te Reo Māori was the first language and is therefore the indigenous language of the islands known as Aotearoa, being The Great Fish of Māui (the North Island), The Canoe of Māui (the South Island), and The Anchor of The Canoe (Stewart Island). It’s the language that was spoken by our ancestors and bequeathed to us as a precious treasure. It wasn’t handed down to us so that it would become extinct like the moa, but so that we would continue to use it to describe every aspect of the world around us. So, learn it, hold on to it, and speak it as a source of wellbeing for you and your whānau, hapū, and iwi.

There are lots of career paths for Māori speakers, in fact, every career path that exists in Aotearoa! If you want, you’re able to always speak Māori and in all places, so do it kōhine mā!

Career Pathways

Pathway Tags

Animator/Digital Artist, Mining Engineer, Sales Representative, Auditor, Diversional Therapist, Actor, Acupuncturist, Advertising Specialist, Copywriter, Sales and Marketing Manager, Survey Technician, Personal Trainer/Fitness Instructor, Aeronautical Engineer, Aeroplane Pilot, Registered Nurse, Agricultural/Horticultural Scientist, Agricultural Technician, Agricultural/Horticultural Consultant, Air Force Airman/Airwoman, Air Force Officer, Mechanical Engineering Technician, Aircraft Maintenance Engineer, Aircraft Refueller, Product Assembler, Paramedic, Anaesthetist, Anaesthetic Technician, Software Developer, Pathologist, Animal Care Attendant, Zoologist, Patternmaker, Chemist, Statistician, Marine Biologist, Architect, Architectural Technician, Archivist, Army Officer, Army Soldier, Art Director (Film, Television or Stage), Historian, Artist, Artistic Director, Insurance Loss Adjuster, Film and Video Editor, Medical Physicist, Barrister, Sound Technician, Audiologist/Audiometrist, Author, Electronics Engineer, Collision Repair Technician, Automotive Electrician, Microbiologist, Beauty Therapist, Tailor/Dressmaker, Chemical Engineer, Biochemist, Biomedical Engineer, Biomedical Technician, Biotechnologist, Biosecurity Officer, Metal Worker, Phlebotomist, Boat Builder, Naval Architect, Tattoo Artist, Fabrication Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, Electrical Engineer, Building and Construction Manager, Outdoor Recreation Guide/Instructor, Entertainer, Dairy Processing Operator, Line Mechanic, Surveyor, Film/Television Camera Operator, Clinical Physiologist, Physician, Surgeon, Midwife, Urban/Regional Planner, Dental Assistant, Chemical Production Operator, Science Technician, Podiatrist, Elected Government Representative, Emergency Management Officer, Civil Engineer, Civil Engineering Technician/Draughtsperson, Insurance Claims Officer, Meteorologist, Medical Laboratory Scientist, Clinical Coder, Dental Technician, Psychologist, Fashion Designer, Sewing Machinist, Coachbuilder/Trimmer, Miner/Quarry Worker, Mine/Quarry Manager, Journalist, Graphic Designer, Diver, Interior Designer, Communications Professional, Telecommunications Engineer, Telecommunications Technician, Interpreter, Community Karitāne, Pharmacist, Pharmacy Technician, Musician, Industrial Designer, Information Technology Helpdesk/Support Technician, Conservator, Jeweller, Technical Writer, Dairy Farmer, Editor, Solicitor, Make-up Artist, Data Entry Operator/Transcriptionist, Crop Worker, Curator, Oral Health Therapist, Dentist, Graphic Pre-press Worker, Medical Imaging Technologist, Diagnostic Radiologist, Dietitian, Director (Film, Television, Radio or Stage), Radio Presenter, Dispensing Optician, Visual Merchandiser, Sports Coach/Official, Forensic Scientist, General Practitioner, Gynaecologist/Obstetrician, Psychiatrist, Electronics Trades Worker, Plumber, Gasfitter and Drainlayer, Driller, Personal Assistant, Early Childhood Teacher, Geologist, Environmental Scientist, Economist, Electrician, Electrical Engineering Technician, Lift Technician, Human Resources Adviser, Energy and Chemical Plant Operator, Energy/Carbon Auditor, Engineering Machinist, Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Information Technology Architect, Environmental Engineer, Environmental/Public Health Officer, Exhibition and Collections Technician, Media Producer, Production Assistant (Film, Television, Radio or Stage), Firefighter, Ranger, Fishery Officer, Marine Engineer, Florist, Food Technologist, Professional Sportsperson, Forest Manager, Forestry Scientist, Pest Control Technician, Funeral Director/Embalmer, Lighting Technician, Game Developer, Rubbish/Recycling Collector, Landscape Architect, Landscaper, Gardener, Health and Safety Inspector, Geophysicist, Health and Safety Adviser, Health Promoter, Health Services Manager, Helicopter Pilot, Health Care Assistant, Naturopath, Immigration Officer, Veterinarian, Insurance Adviser, Primary School Teacher, Librarian, Locksmith, Train Driver, Massage Therapist, Refrigeration/Air-conditioning Technician, Medical Laboratory Technician, Radiation Therapist, Nanny/Child Carer, Occupational Therapist, Osteopath, Photographer, Physiotherapist, Plastics Technician, Tertiary Lecturer, Private Teacher/Tutor, Project Manager, Quarantine Officer, Radiation Oncologist, Youth Worker, Secondary School Teacher, Signmaker, Social Worker, Teacher Aide, Speech-Language Therapist, Sterilising Technician, Television Presenter, Tour Guide, Water/Wastewater Treatment Operator, User Experience Designer, Test Analyst, Network Administrator, Marketing Specialist, Geospatial Specialist, Psychotherapist, Data Analyst, Fire Engineer, Dairy Herd Manager, Support Worker, Ophthalmologist, Epidemiologist,


We aim to enable every student to have the course that they prefer, however, some courses have limited places or pre-requisits that may restrict the student's choice.