ĀteaDecember 11, 2019

Where to learn te reo Māori anywhere in Aotearoa, for free or next to nothing


Start learning te reo Māori anywhere in Aotearoa with this list of introductory, part-time classes.

‘Learn te reo Māori’ is at the top of a lot of people’s New Year’s resolutions. The problem is, it can be hard to enrol after the new year, which is typically when resolutions are meant to be resolved. Many of the beginner courses are a year long and the classes fill up fast. Before you know it, another year has sped by te reo-free.

We’re here to help you plan now so you can wake up on January 1st regretting everything but that. Even if a class is full, pop yourself on the waiting list just in case.

The below courses are free* or low-cost. There are no prerequisites or prior qualifications required for enrolment.

On location classes

Te Wānanga o Aotearoa (locations nationwide)

Te Ataarangi (locations nationwide, call 0800 282 272 to find a class near you)

AUT (Auckland CBD & South Auckland)

Unitec (Auckland)

Te Whare Waatea (South Auckland)

Rutherford College (West Auckland) (fees apply)

Mangere East Community Centre (South Auckland)

Northtec (Kaitaia, Whangārei, Helensville)

Te Herenga Waka O Orewa (Silverdale)

Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiārangi (Whakatāne, Auckland, Northland)

Whitireia (Porirua, Kāpiti, Auckland)

Toi-Ohomai (Rotorua, Tokoroa)

E.I.T (Hawkes Bay, Wairoa, Ruatoria)

REAP House (Wairarapa)

UCOL (Palmerston North, Whanganui, Wairarapa)

Community Education Centre (Wellington) (fees apply)

Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology NMIT (Marlborough, Nelson)

Ara Institute of Canterbury (Christchurch, Timaru, Ashburton, Oamaru)

University of Canterbury (Christchurch)

Southern Institute of Technology (Gore, Invercargill, Queenstown)

Otago University (Dunedin) (fees apply)

Risingholme Community Centre (Christchurch) (fees apply)

Hagley College (Christchurch) (fees apply)

Online resources & correspondence

Te Kura – The Correspondence School

Te Wānanga o Aotearoa

Te Wānanga o Raukawa

Victoria University

Te Whanake

Tōku Reo


Otago University


Kupu O Te Rā


Kupu iOS Android.

Te Pumanawa iOS Android

Tipu Te Reo Māori iOS Android

Kura iOS Android

He aha tēnei? iOS Android

Memrise iOS Android


Māori Made Easy series by Scotty Morrison

A Māori Word a Day by Hemi Kelly

Pronounce Māori with Confidence by Hoani Niwa (book and CD)

Let’s Learn Māori by Bruce Briggs

*Free or zero fees courses are only available to domestic students/New Zealand residents. See the course provider for more information.

For a list of higher te reo Māori tertiary qualifications and programmes, head to

If you would like to add a free or low-cost class for beginners to this list email

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