Grow your capability and confidence in using and integrating te reo Māori into the learning of all ākonga in this free 20-week programme.

What is Te Ahu o te Reo Māori?

Te Ahu o te Reo Māori means the future pathway of te reo Māori – a pathway that seeks to inspire improved te reo Māori proficiency, acquisition and use across the education sector. It also provides opportunities for te reo Māori to be normalised, and Māori identity and culture to be shared and embraced.

The initiative aims to support early learning to secondary school leaders, kaiako and support staff to grow their capability and confidence in using and integrating te reo Māori into the learning of all ākonga. Participants will have the opportunity to engage and understand a different worldview; engage in cultural practices, narratives, and histories relevant to Aotearoa and to the system that supports the education of all students.

Where is Te Ahu o te Reo Māori being delivered?

The Ministry of Education have partnered with providers to deliver Te Ahu o te Reo Māori throughout Aotearoa. Te Rito Maioha is a provider in the Hawkes Bay and Gisborne District region

Outside these regions but would like to participate in Te Ahu o te Reo Māori? Visit the official website where all delivery regions and providers can be found.

Programme Overview

Based on a seven level te reo Māori competency framework called Ngā Taumata o Te Ahu o te Reo Māori, the five focus areas are:

Local dialect local words, phrases, karakia, waiata and sayings
Use Practise of reo use appropriate for a classroom setting
Grammar foundations of grammar and writing conventions
Curriculum development of learning content for regular activity
Revitalisation language planning for the school/ early learning services/ classroom. 

View Ngā Taumata o Te Ahu o te Reo Māori framework


Te Ataarangi

Te Rito Maioha have partnered with Te Ataarangi to deliver this programme.

The Te Ataarangi way of learning is not a rigid, 'one-size-fits-all' workbook-based programme; instead it is dynamic, flexible and can be tailored to both the requirements of your organisation and individual needs of your staff. We rely on the experience and talents of our tutors to work with your organisation to find the best fit.

Most organisations don't expect their staff to become fluent speakers of reo Māori with a few lessons. Generally, they want their staff to become comfortable with pronunciation and simple expressions, and to have an understanding of Māori culture.

Te Ataarangi has been supporting learners to develop confidence with listening to, and speaking Māori for over 30 years. All of our tutors want to instill both a love of reo Māori and a genuine understanding and respect of our culture and customs with their students.


He Pataka Reo

In addition to the kanohi ki te kanohi (face to face) classes, participants will have access to He Pataka Reo – an online learning tool to support further development of te reo Māori.

He Pātaka Reo is an online professional learning and development course designed to encourage and help kaiako build confidence in speaking te reo Māori in a natural and spontaneous way each day.

Course Delivery

There are two phases for the course:

  • Phase 1
    12 weeks focused on content – te mita reo o te mana whenua, pūrākau, and waiata
  • Phase 2
    8 weeks focused on implementation – supporting kaiako and whānau to use the knowledge in their learning space


There are two types of registrations, individual and group (10 or more participants)

Individuals and smaller groups have the option to register for set classes which will be held on 5:30pm Wednesdays at the following locations:

  • Hastings
    Te Rito Maioha Hastings Regional Education Centre

    120 Market Street,
    North Hastings 4122
  • Gisborne
    Te Rito Maioha Gisborne Regional Education Centre

    Unit 3, 152 Ormond Road,
    Gisborne 4010

If you are registering as a group, you can tailor the content, venue, and time of delivery to suit your group, or join the set classes listed above.

Registrations for the next intake, beginning January 2023 are now open.

Register here

If you would like to know more about the course or have any questions before registering, please contact Ra Keelan
email:  [email protected]

Registrations for the next intake are currently open

Delivery Regions:
  • Gisborne
  • Hawkes Bay
Start date:
  • Multiple dates throughout 2024

Register here