Te Reo Māori is a dynamic rich and living language, a taonga for all New Zealanders to share. By learning Te Reo Māori all students are able to participate in and strengthen the identity of Aotearoa. Hastings Girls’ offers two pathways for learning Te Reo Māori. In Year 9 you can choose to take Te Reo Māori for the year in preparation for NCEA Te Reo Māori and Waka Hourua, or you can take a term block of Te Reo Māori to develop an understanding of the indigenous language of Aotearoa. Ākonga can also participate in:

  • Kapa Haka and Manu kōrero.
  • Hawke’s Bay Secondary Schools’ Te Mataua a Manui Kapa Haka Competition.
  • Māori Language Week activities.

Enrichment Opportunities:

Context-based learning through connected Marae, EIT and visitors to school. Ngā manu kōrero
competition, Kapa Haka.


Our junior curriculum teaches ākonga a range of phrases you can use every day. You will learn about, and participate in, customs at the heart of knowing what it means to be Māori including haka, waiata and karakia you can use for any occasion.

You also have the opportunity to experience Māori Performing Arts as part of your Performing Arts block and spend time on a marae as part of cross-curricular learning.


Our senior curriculum offers Te Reo Māori to NCEA Level 3 through classroom and marae based teaching, Education Perfect and Te Kura. In Year 12 and 13 students can opt into the Waka Hourua programme which places the seafaring waka, Te Matau a Māui, at the heart of the learning.
As well as working with the Te Matau a Māui team, students also explore tourism and sustainability in Hawke’s Bay through a Māori perspective.


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