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Bachelor of Māori Language and Indigenous Studies (Te Ohoka)

Key Information for Students

Entry Requirements

Minimum requirement

University Entrance (specific subjects apply). If English is not your first language, IELTS 6.0 Academic (no lower than 6.0 in any band).

Any minimum or preferred criteria for entry to this qualification.

Detailed requirements

Click here for more information on any additional entry criteria for this qualification.


The minimum amount of time it takes to complete this qualification.

Tuition Fees

Student fees

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The annual and total qualification tuition fees payable by a student to study this qualification, additional to what the government contributes. (These are averages based on recent course enrolments. Your fees may differ depending on your course selection.)

Government tuition subsidy

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Student Success

Successful course completion -

The percentage of students who successfully completed courses towards this qualification last year.

National Graduates Outcomes

3 years after completion

Earnings -

(lower quartile, median, upper quartile)
The median represents the middle value for all earnings of young graduates who completed a qualification in this subject area at this level nationally. Earnings do not relate specifically to graduates who completed qualifications at this TEO. The upper and lower quartile values represent the one quarter point and three quarters point for earnings. Half of all graduates had earnings within this range.

In employment -

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In further study -

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Our degree has been specially designed with the needs and career goals of modern speakers of Te Reo Māori in mind.

Our goal is to provide you with strong skills in written and spoken Te Reo Māori as well as an understanding of how you can make Te Reo Māori an important part of your career in Aotearoa and across the globe.

To give you a strong start, your study begins with an initial focus on Māori language, linguistics and cultural studies.

Once your introduction to Te Reo is complete you can begin to decide the direction of your own studies through an elective pathway chosen from a wide range of subjects at Ara.

This pathway will run alongside your advanced courses in Te Reo and Tikanga Māori until you bring them together in a capstone research project at the end of your third year.

Examples of the types of career path which you can focus on include: business, applied management, health and wellness, applied science, language revival, sustainability and the environment, iwi development, outdoor education, language teaching and translation.

Credit recognition

Credit recognition is available for this programme; if you have related skills, knowledge and/or experience, it may count towards part or even all of the qualification.

To learn more about credit recognition please see our Centre For Assessment of Prior Learning.

Programme structure

To complete this Degree you are required to complete a minimum total of 360 credits. Please browse the guide below to view the course options currently available within this qualification.

Core courses
Elective Courses

To be a full time student you need to maintain a workload of 120 credits per year. We recommend you talk with us to ensure you choose electives to benefit your future career.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements
  • NCEA Level 3 (60 credits at Level 3 and 20 credits at Level 2 or higher) which must include 14 credits at Level 3 in each of three approved* subjects and

    • Literacy* - 10 credits at Level 2 or above, made up of 5 credits in reading, 5 credits in writing and
    • Numeracy* - 10 credits at Level 1 or above (specified achievement standards, or unit standards 26623, 26626, 26627) and
    • 12 credits Te Reo Maori Level 1 (or equivalent)

    Note: Students who have undertaken examinations other than NCEA (eg International Baccalaureate, Cambridge examination) should contact us for requirements.

    * NZQA approved subjects: see

Alternative requirements
  • Skills for tertiary study (including literacy and numeracy) may be acquired through study, work and/or life experience. Students who can demonstrate these skills may be approved for alternative entry. Literacy and numeracy assessments are available.

  • A pass in Certificate in Maori Studies (Te Ata Hou), or Diploma in Maori Studies (Te Hapara).

Additional requirements
English requirements
  • If English is not your first language you may also be required to provide evidence of your English language skills. If you have no evidence of your English language skills and are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, contact us for an assessment.










Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Selection criteria

Applicants who meet the requirements for admission are accepted into the programme in the order their applications are received.

COMMENCES: February, July
Domestic: Received all year
International: Please enquire
Domestic: $5,350 - $6,000
International: Please enquire
LOCATION: Christchurch - Madras Street

Next steps

To apply for this programme please:

  • Complete an Admission and Enrolment form or an International Application form.

If you don't meet the criteria for entry into this programme, we can help you meet entry level with our foundation and bridging programmes.

Alternatively, if you feel you have gained your learning through on the job experience talk to us about recognition or assessment of prior learning .

Application documents

Career opportunities

As a graduate you will have a high level of proficiency in spoken and written Te Reo Māori. There are many career options open to you such as language teaching, iwi development, iwi liaison, community support, Kaitiaki, Māori performing arts (composer and/or performer) and translation.

Study pathways

You could further your studies with postgraduate studies or graduate certificates and diplomas (eg AUT, Masters in Arts (Māori); Ara, Graduate Diplomas in Business/Applied Management; Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching.

Recommended school subjects

  • Te Reo Māori
  • English
  • Maths
  • Social Studies