Start learning te reo Māori anywhere in Aotearoa with this list of introductory, part-time classes.
‘Do a te reo Māori class’ 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 these things are meant to be enacted. 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.
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)
AUT (Auckland CBD & 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)
REAP House (Marlborough)(see highlighted note at the bottom)
Ara Institute of Canterbury (Christchurch, Timaru, Ashburton, Oamaru)
University of Canterbury (Christchurch)
Southern Institute of Technology (Gore, Invercargill, Queenstown)
Otago University (Dunedin)
Risingholme Community Centre (Christchurch) (fees apply)
Hagley College (Christchurch) (fees apply)
Online resources & correspondence
Memrise iOS Android
to our journalism!Find Out More
*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 careers.govt.nz
If you would like to add a free or low-cost class for beginners to this list email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Bulletin is The Spinoff’s acclaimed, free daily curated digest of all the most important stories from around New Zealand delivered directly to your inbox each morning.