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Te Ahu o te Reo Māori

Me reo rua rawa, tikanga rua rawa anō hoki te pūnaha mātauranga o
Aotearoa New Zealand, e āhei ai ngā ākonga katoa ki te whakamahi i te reo Māori
ki tētahi taumata, i a ia e ngākau pai haere nei ki te ao Māori. E tohu ana
Te Ahu o te Reo Māori i te tautoko a te Kāwanatanga ki te whakapakari,
ki te whakatupu hoki i tētahi ohu kaimahi ātauranga e āhei ana ki te whakamahi
kia tika i te reo Māori i ia rā, ki te whakatō anō hoki i te reo Māori ki ngā akoranga
o ngā ākonga katoa o Aotearoa i mua i te tau 2025.

Fostering education in te reo Māori

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 which supports the education of all students.

As a treaty partner, the Government has an obligation to protect and promote te reo Māori as a taonga guaranteed under the Treaty of Waitangi.

The education system is a significant lever in both normalising and growing proficiency in the Māori language, and for ensuring Māori students can succeed in education as Māori.

Achieving systemic change across the education system that directly supports the growth of te reo Māori and mātauranga Māori in education is essential

See the Objectives and Outcomes in the dropdowns below.


Te Ahu o te Reo Māori has five strategic objectives to achieve by 2025:

  • To grow and strengthen an education workforce that can integrate te reo Māori into the learning of all ākonga and students in Aotearoa New Zealand.
  • Develop teacher competency, accelerate language acquisition, and inspire a passion to teach using te reo Māori and thus normalise the correct use of te reo Māori every day
  • Lifting the capability of our education workforce (from early learning through to secondary school) to use te reo Māori correctly
  • Every child in early learning and all levels of schooling has te reo Māori integrated into their learning
  • To achieve systemic change across the education system so it directly supports the growth of te reo Māori and mātauranga Māori and is increasingly bilingual and bicultural.

Te Ahu o te Reo Māori will:

  • Build the capability of the entire workforce in early learning, kōhanga reo, puna reo, primary and intermediate, kura Māori, secondary schools and wharekura so they are more confident in using te reo Māori correctly daily and therefore incorporating te reo Māori into teaching practices and programmes.
  • Assist both new speakers of te reo Māori and those who are seeking to build their proficiency, expand their fluency, their skills, and experience with te reo Māori.

The education workforce is inclusive of all kaimahi who are engaging with and contributing to the learning of all ākonga including teachers, principals, non-teaching and support staff in early learning centres, kōhanga reo, schools and kura.

It is part of a wider work programme that supports the Government to uphold the commitment to increase the provision of te reo Māori in schools.

Te Ahu o Te Reo Māori means to nurture (ahu) our taonga (te reo Māori) and ensure that we support it to flourish and grow.

Each Te Ahu o te Reo Māori kaupapa includes a focus on reo ā-iwi (local dialect), tikanga ā-iwi (tribal customs) and kōrero tuku iho (histories).

Programmes are available across the country and cater for all competency levels.

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:

  1. Local dialect – local words, phrases, karakia, waiata and sayings
  2. Use– Practise of reo use appropriate for a classroom setting
  3. Grammar– foundations of grammar and writing conventions
  4. Curriculum– development of learning content for regular activity
  5. Revitalisation– language planning for the school/ early learning services/ classroom.
A young ākonga holds up her artwork about the stars of Matariki
Participants of Te Ahu o te Reo Māori engaging in different activities


How do I register?

To register, select a provider in your Region and click their card below for the registration link. 

Please note: ALL registrations need endorsement from your ECE/schools delegated authoriser.

Frequently Asked Questions


We have partnered with 13 te reo Māori providers who are knowledgeable in language learning and teaching, are proficient in reo ā iwi (local dialects) and are dedicated to the revitalisation of our indigenous language. Each will have their own delivery methods and timelines.

Delivery will be undertaken in a variety of ways including, but not limited to, weekly classes, on-line lessons, tutorials and noho marae (overnight stay/ learning experiences). To support you to feel comfortable and confident to use what you have learnt in your classrooms, you will have the option to participate in an 8-week post-delivery course to help embed and enhance teaching and learning activities.

There are no attendance or registration fees and all learning materials will be provided.

Participant support funding is offered to early learning, kōhanga reo, puna reo, schools, kura, secondary schools and wharekura to help support their employees and support personnel to participate in Te Ahu o te Reo Māori classes in their region.

  • All participants who have successfully registered and are still in the programme at the halfway point of the course qualify for the support funding.
  • $500.00 per participant will be paid directly to early learning, kōhanga reo, puna reo, schools, kura, secondary schools and wharekura from the Ministry of Education.
  • It is left to the discretion of the early learning, kōhanga reo, puna reo, schools, kura, secondary schools and wharekura to determine how the funding will be used and whether the funding will be given to the participant or used towards costs that may have occurred during the programme.