Intermediate Te Reo Māori (Level 5) Intermediate Te Reo Māori (Level 5)

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Te Pōkaitahi Reo (Rumaki) (Te Kaupae 5): New Zealand Certificate in Te Reo (Immersion) (Level 5)

CertificatePart-time, 1 year

Programme code



February, July





Domestic Applications due


International Applications due

Please enquire


Christchurch - Madras Street and online

Annual Fees(indictive 2020)


$2,380 - $2,660


Course related costs

Advised on enrolment

About this programme

Gain Te Reo skills for the workplace and the Maori-speaking community.

This programme focuses on developing skills that enable you to use Te Reo at home, in the workplace, on the marae and in various other contexts.

You'll establish strategies to understand increasingly complex language patterns and develop your ability to engage and speak with growing confidence in Te Reo. You'll develop your language skills through face-to-face interactive classes, online resources and activities, live-in wānanga (language workshops) and possibly haerenga (trips) to local landmarks.

Live-in wānanga provide opportunities to use Te Reo in authentic, culturally rich settings and to practice fulfilling a range of roles in various, safe, simulated contexts. These events also help bring you into a language community to further develop your opportunities for language.

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 6 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
  • NCEA level 2 including 12 credits Te Reo Maori or NZ3045 Te Pokaitaki Reo (Rumaki, Reo Rua) (Te Kaupae 3) NZ Certificate in Te Reo Maori (Level 3) or equivalent.

Alternative requirements
Additional 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.

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.