Te Ahu o Te Reo Māori ki Te Tauihu is a programme for education leaders, teachers, kaiako and support staff to learn te reo Māori in English-medium and Māori-medium pathways, from early learning to secondary school level.

Te Ahu o te Reo 
Māori ki Te Tauihu

About us

Te Ahu o te Reo Māori means the future pathway of te reo Māori, a pathway that seeks to inspire and aspire for 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 Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT), in partnership with the iwi of Te Tauihu o te Waka a Māui, has been chosen as the provider of the Government’s Te Ahu o Te Reo Māori programme for Te Tauihu - Top of the South region.

The ultimate goal is to see participants of the programme develop the skills and knowledge needed to apply their learning in ways that benefit tamariki and the wider school and early learning context.

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What we offer

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

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Who are these courses for?

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Teachers from early learning services through to secondary school.

Kaiako, from Kōhanga Reo through to wharekura

Non-teaching and support staff in kura, schools, wharekura, early learning services and Kōhanga Reo and whānau.


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

Taumata 1


Taumata 2

Taumata 3

Taumata 4

Taumata 5

Taumata 6

Taumata 7