Year 9 Māori Studies

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: T. Philip

Te Reo Māori introduces students to the Māori language and Māori tikanga (culture and customs). It facilitates their learning through the values of manaaki and ako. The objective of the course is to provide students with some beginning language skills and provide students experiences and exposure to Māori culture.


As well as an introduction to Te Reo Māori the course will include:

  • Greetings and mihi
  • Karakia (Prayers)
  • Whakatauki (Proverbs)
  • Waiata (Songs)
  • Tikanga (Protocols and customs)


Learning includes individual and group learning and activities. Students will develop communication skills, collaboration skills and will learn through participation in activities; Games, songs and physical activities are used to engage students in learning. Students are also often involved in community events or school events to provide a ‘real’ context for their learning.


Knowledge of Te Reo and Tikanga is a highly valued skill that can be applied in many different contexts. Te Reo is an NCEA subject from level 1-3. It is a University Entrance subject.

As well as providing an understanding of Aotearoa, it’s unique langauge and culture, Te Reo is also a valued asset in the following career paths; Government and politics, Health services, Television and radio, Social work, Education, Police, Tourism, Law, Environmental planning...the list goes on!

OTHER DETAILS: The Māori department regularly participates in local and regional activities such as:

  • Manu kōrero – speech competitions
  • Kapa haka festivals and competitions
  • Local pōwhiri Wānanga at Hakatere Marae and other marae – Taiaha and rāranga/weaving


For NCEA Levels 1, 2 & 3 courses will be made up of a selection of the stated standards. This will happen at the beginning of the year with the assigned teacher.

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