Bachelor of Māori Language and Indigenous Studies (Te Ohoka).xml Bachelor of Māori Language and Indigenous Studies (Te Ohoka)

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Bachelor of Maori and Indigenous Studies

DegreeFull-time, 3 years | Part-time up to 5 years

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Christchurch - Madras Street

Annual Fees(indictive 2020)


$5,500 - $6,330


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Course related costs

About this programme

Gain the advantage with Te Reo Māori as the central platform for your career and personal development.

This degree has been designed to enable modern speakers of Te Reo Māori to realise their full personal and professional potential. Not only will you learn about the Māori language and culture, you'll also live it. Our aim is to provide you with a strong sense of self, advanced skills in written and spoken Te Reo Māori and an understanding of how you can make Te Reo Māori an important part of your future career, as well as how you can personally contribute to the advancement of our language.

While you continue your strong focus on Te Reo Māori, you'll also explore how to apply your knowledge and skills in areas of growth such as marketing, business management, health and sustainability. These pathways will culminate in a community and career-focused capstone research project at the end of your third year.

Career opportunities

As a graduate you'll have a high level of proficiency in spoken and written Te Reo Māori, plus additional specialist skills acquired through your elective choices, which you can apply to a range of career opportunities. These include marketing, business management, health, sustainability, Iwi development, communications, broadcasting, teaching, strategic advising, Māori research, tourism and administration.

Study pathways

You could further your studies with a postgraduate qualification.

Recommended school subjects

  • Te Reo Māori
  • English
  • Maths
  • Social Studies

Programme structure

To complete this Degree you are required to complete 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
  • New Zealand University Entrance - 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

    As well as

    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)

    OR NZ3045 Te Pokaitaki Reo (Rumaki, Reo Rua) - NZ Cert in Te Reo Māori

    OR If you have undertaken examinations other than NCEA (e.g. International Baccalaureate, Cambridge Examination), Ara will assess your qualification for academic entry equivalency.

    * NZQA approved subjects: see

Alternative requirements
  • Still want to study but don't meet the Academic Requirements?

    If you show that you have equivalent skills for tertiary study gained through study, work and/or life experience, you may be able to gain alternative entry.

    Note: The number of courses you have to complete for this qualification may be reduced where you have relevant credits from previous study, or evidence of similar learning or experience in the workplace. Contact Ara for advice.

Additional requirements
English requirements
  • What if English is not my first language?

    If English is not your first language, we want to make sure that you will be successful in your chosen programme of study.

    Please provide a result from a test or qualification on the acceptable alternatives English Proficiency Outcomes Chart.


    • If you are a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident, complete an Admission and Enrolment form and Ara will contact you regarding a free assessment.
    • If you are not a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent resident, book an IELTS or other test through the Ara Examination Centre or in your home country.

    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.

    What if I have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance?

    You do not need to provide additional evidence of English Language skills.










Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Selection criteria

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

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

Credit recognition

If you have work experience in this area, or a relevant prior qualification, you may be eligible for credit recognition towards this qualification.