Beginners Te Reo Māori (Level 3) Beginners Te Reo Māori (Level 3)

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Te Pōkaitahi Reo (Rumaki, Reo Rua) (Te Kaupae 3):  New Zealand Certificate in Te Reo Māori (Immersion, Bilingual) (Level 3)

CertificateFull-time 6 months | Part-time, 1 year

Annual Fees(indicative 2019)

Programme code



$510 - $720


February, July




Course related costs

Advised on enrolment



Domestic Applications due

10 August

International Applications due

Please enquire


Christchurch - Madras Street, Timaru and online


Gain beginner Te Reo skills for everyday life and work.

This Level 3 programme is ideal for increasing your understanding of Te Reo for your career and personal development.

Designed for fast progress, our delivery model gives you opportunities to learn in weekly class sessions and to maintain your progress, at times that suit you, with online resources.

You'll also have applied, authentic and supported learning opportunities with live-in wānanga (language workshops) held at our fully equipped whare. These live-in wānanga provide supported, immersive experiences that normalise language use and give you the opportunity to fulfil a range of roles in various culturally rich contexts.

They also help bring you into a language learning community that will further develop your opportunities to use the language outside of the classroom. As a result you'll be able to use the language you learn to enrich everyday life, add value to your workplace, bring Te Reo into your home, or enhance your career opportunities.

Career opportunities

The popularity and relevance of Te Reo Māori is growing locally and nationally. Developing your ability in Te Reo increases its visibility in communities while providing you with a point of difference. Te Reo Māori will assist you whichever career path you choose. Future career opportunities could include some of the following areas: marketing, business management, health, sustainability, Iwi development, communications, broadcasting, teaching, strategic advising, Māori research, tourism and administration.

Study pathways

On successful completion of this programme, you can continue your journey with our Level 5 New Zealand Certificate in Te Reo Māori, or transition into our Bachelor of Māori Language and Indigenous Studies.

Recommended school subjects

Te Reo Māori, English, Maths

Programme structure

To complete this Certificate you are required to complete 60 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
  • Open entry.

Alternative requirements
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

Next steps

To apply for this programme 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
  • 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.