Te Tohu Tauihu (Kaupae 4) New Zealand Certificate in Te Reo me Nga Tikanga - pending approval.xml Te Tohu Tauihu (Kaupae 4) New Zealand Certificate in Te Reo me Nga Tikanga

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CertificateFull time - 1 year, part time also available

Annual Fees(indicative 2017)

Programme code



$5,800 - $6,150




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Course related costs

Advised on enrolment



Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

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Christchurch - Madras Street


Start your journey towards proficiency in Te Reo Māori.

Te Reo Māori is a key focus of this programme which also covers history, protocols and interpersonal communication and group engagement practices. Through facilitated learning sessions, group work, site visits and technology assisted/online learning you'll acquire a command of Te Reo which will allow you to hold conversations on specific subjects and to facilitate mihi and karakia in certain settings. You'll also develop an understanding of protocols and guiding principles within Māori society and explore the future potential for Te Reo me ōna tikanga in society and how you can contribute to its development. Learning a heritage language can be an emotional journey; the whānau environment will support you as you navigate through this.

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 Certificate you are required to complete a minimum total of 120 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
  • 10 NCEA Level 1 Literacy credits and 10 Te Reo credits (or equivalent).

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

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.


    IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form and are valid for two years from the date of the test.

    Students who have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance requirements are not required to provide evidence of English language skills.










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Selection criteria

Applications are processed in the order they are received.

Next steps

To apply for this programme please:

  • complete an Admission and Enrolment 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

Application documents

Career opportunities

This qualification provides a valuable point of difference in employment. As Te Reo becomes more prominent, qualifications such as this compliment other qualifications well and help to normalise the use of Te Reo across society and in business.

Careers opportunities may include working with Iwi organisations, local and government agencies, non-government organisations or in the tourism, hospitality, arts and media industries.

Study pathways

Further related study options offered at Ara include Level 5 certificates and diplomas in Te Reo Maori, or the Bachelor in Maori and Indigenous Studies. You could also take knowledge of Te Reo into a career in a specific industry with an Ara qualification in areas such as business, hospitality, outdoor education, nursing or midwifery.

Recommended school subjects

  • Te Reo Māori
  • Social Studies
  • Māori Performing Arts
  • Performing Arts.