TE ARA REO NGĀ TIKANGA

Languages are inseparably linked to the social and cultural contexts in which they are used. 

Languages and cultures play a key role in developing our personal, group, national, and human identities. Every language has its own ways of expressing meanings; each has intrinsic value and special significance for its users.

Level 1

Te Whare Pora – School of Weaving: Raranga Harakeke

This course is for those interested in learning the art of weaving using traditional and contemporary Māori techniques and resources. You will learn about the whakapapa and tikanga of harvesting, preparing and weaving with harakeke in a wananga learning environment. The kaupapa and range of projects you will work on include:

  • Tikanga and whakapapa for harvesting and using harakeke
  • Te Whare Pora and Hine Te Iwaiwa
  • 2 corner konae
  • 4 konae
  • Taonga takaro
  • Mahi whiri 


  • Leads to: Level 2 Raranga Tertiary study in Toi Māori, Bachelor of Fine Arts
  • Cost and Materials: There are no costs
  • Entry Requirements: No entry requirements
  • Teacher in Charge: Miss N Brightwell

Samoan Language

An exciting new course offered to develop students’ existing strengths in Samoan. Priority will be given to Year 11 students. If space allows this course could be offered to Year 9 and 10.

  • Leads to: Level 2 Samoan, UE Literacy
  • Cost and Materials: There are no costs
  • Entry Requirements: Students will need basic fluency in Samoan as a first language and be able to hold a conversation in Samoan
  • Teacher in Charge: Ms M Iosefo

Spanish Language and Culture

This course is for those students interested in the many opportunities speaking a major world language can offer. The course is designed with a focus on communicating using a wide range of basic Spanish. They will also explore the exciting and diverse Spanish speaking world from Europe to Latin America. Students will make connections to their own languages and cultures.

A range of internal and external achievement standards will be offered..

  • Leads to: Level 2/3 Spanish Language and Culture
  • Cost and Materials: $20 for Education Perfect
  • Entry Requirements: Studied Spanish at Year 10 Be a native speaker Any other students would need to see Mr Orr
  • Teacher in Charge: Mr R Orr

Te Reo Nga Tikanga: Te Reo Māori

The course emphasises the use and understanding of spoken and written Māori as a language of teaching, communication and interaction.

Topics covered will include:

  • Toku Ao, Taku kura (my world, my school)
  • Hakinakina (sports)
  • Ngā kōrero popoto (short stories)
  • Ngā wawata me ngā moemoeā (dreams and aspirations)

Students will be working on a series of portfolios for all their internal assessments.

This will mean they are collecting evidence of speaking and writing throughout the year. Collecting evidence over time reflects good assessment practice. It allows both teachers and students to see development in knowledge and of skills across a range of learning contexts. Evidence may come from a formal or informal setting. For example, two students could be discussing their weekend in Te Reo informally. This could be filmed and recorded as evidence. 

  • Leads to: Levels 2 & 3 Te Reo Māori, Level 2 Raranga, Tertiary study in Toi Māori, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Level 3 Waka Hourua, Level 4 BA Te Reo for selected students Year 13
  • Cost and Materials: To be confirmed
  • Entry Requirements: Studied Te Reo Māori at Year 10 OR, Be a native speaker OR, Kōrero ki te kaiako
  • Teacher in Charge: Whāea Mā (Marlene Wilkinson

Level 2

Te Reo Nga Tikanga: Te Reo Māori

The course emphasises the use and understanding of spoken and written Māori as a language of teaching, communication, interaction and reading comprehension.

Topics covered will include:

  • He tangata rongonui (famous Māori people)
  • Nga mahi a te rehia (recreation, entertainment)
  • Ngā kōrero popoto (short stories)
  • Hauora, Waiora (health and wellbeing)

Students will be working on a series of portfolios for all their internal assessments.

This will mean they are collecting evidence of speaking and writing throughout the year. Collecting evidence over time reflects good assessment practice. It allows both teachers and students to see development in knowledge and of skills across a range of learning contexts. Evidence may come from a formal or informal setting. For example, two students could be discussing their weekend in Te Reo informally. This could be filmed and recorded as evidence. 

Students on this course will also take an external exam.

  • Leads to: Levels 2 & 3 Te Reo Māori, Level 2 Raranga Tertiary study in Toi Māori, Bachelor of Fine Arts Level 3 Waka Hourua Level 4 BA Te Reo for selected students Year 13
  • Cost and Materials: To be confirmed
  • Entry Requirements: Studied Te Reo Māori at Year 11 OR Be a native speaker OR Kōrero ki te kaiako
  • Teacher in Charge: Whāea Mā (Marlene Wilkinson)

Waka Hourua/Māori Tourism: Waka Hourua

This course is for those interested in learning about waka using traditional and contemporary Māori and Pacific kaupapa.

The range of projects you will work on include:

  • Waka voyaging 
  • Waka Tikanga 
  • Waka navigation 
  • Māori Tourism 
  • NZ Coastguard Day skippers and In water survival certificates 


  • Leads to: Level 3 Waka Hourua course
  • Cost and Materials: There are no costs
  • Entry Requirements: By application
  • Teacher in Charge: Mrs B Averill (Whaea B)

Level 3

Te Reo Nga Tikanga: Te Reo Māori

The course emphasises the use and understanding of spoken and written Māori as a language of teaching, communication, interaction and reading comprehension.

Topics covered will include:

  • Rapu mahi (working and looking for work)
  • Te Taura Whiri i te reo Māori
  • Te Tiriti o Waitangi
  • Nga korero popoto (short stories)

Students will be working on a series of portfolios for all their internal assessments.

This will mean they are collecting evidence of speaking and writing throughout the year. Collecting evidence over time reflects good assessment practice. It allows both teachers and students to see development in knowledge and of skills across a range of learning contexts. Evidence may come from a formal or informal setting. For example, two students could be discussing their weekend in Te Reo informally. This could be filmed and recorded as evidence. 

Students on this course will also take an external exam.

  • Leads to: Scholarship and tertiary study in Te Reo Māori, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Tourism, Community Health, Law, Teaching, Medicine, Nursing, Politics, Diplomat
  • Cost and Materials: There are no costs
  • Entry Requirements: Studied Te Reo Māori at Year 12 OR Be a native speaker OR Kōrero ki te kaiako
  • Teacher in Charge: Whāea Mā (Marlene Wilkinson)

Waka Hourua/Māori Tourism: Waka Hourua

This course is for those interested in learning about waka using traditional and contemporary Māori and Pacific kaupapa.

The range of projects you will work on include:
  • Waka voyaging 
  • Waka Tikanga 
  • Waka navigation 
  • Māori Tourism 
  • NZ Coastguard Day skippers and In water survival certificates 


  • Leads to: Level 3 (unit standards only)
  • Cost and Materials: There are no costs
  • Entry Requirements: By application
  • Teacher in Charge: Mrs B Averill (Whaea B)

FUTURE CAREERS

Foreign Policy Officer, Psychologist, Historian, Speech-Language Therapist, Social Worker, Translator, ESOL Teacher, Nurse, Immigration or Customs Officer, Youth or Community Worker, Interpreter, Events Manager, Importer/Exporter, Tour Guide, Foreign Language Teacher, Financial Aid Specialist, Caregiver, Business Manager, Human Resource Manager, Trainee Recruitment Consultant, Accounting Manager, Customer Service Manager, IT Systems Analyst, Medical Translations Project Manager, Paralegal, Export Analyst, Project Manager, Media Analyst, Technical Support Engineer, Tourism