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Te Ahu o te Reo
Māori with Takatū

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Te Ahu o te Reo Māori is the Ministry of Education’s nationwide initiative, set to support the te reo Māori development of teachers, managers and support staff in all kōhanga reo, kura, wharekura, schools and early childhood education centres across Aotearoa. Each intake will enrol in a programme of learning of up to 170 hours (contact, directed & self-directed). There are no fees associated with this programme.

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Te Whanganui a Tara
Wellington

  • Kapiti Coast (including Ōtaki)
  • Upper Hutt region
  • Lower Hutt region
  • Wellington Central
  • Wairarapa region (from South Wairarapa up to Masterton)

Tāmaki Makaurau
Auckland

  • North - up to and including Rodney District
  • South - up to and including Franklin District
  • West - Waitakere Ranges
  • East - including Aotea (Great Barrier Island) and Waiheke Island
  • Auckland Central

We only deliver to these two regions. If you live outside of these regions and would like to join Te Ahu o te Reo Māori, contact the Ministry of Education.

Levels

In 2024, Takatū will continue to deliver programmes to cater to SEVEN levels of te reo competency that align with the seven levels of the Ministry of Education’s Te Ahu o te Reo Māori curriculum.

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Building towards: 15% Te Reo Māori / 85% English

This course is designed as an introduction to Māori language for absolute beginners with no previous Māori language learning experience. There is a strong focus on pronunciation, and establishing a foundation of basic Māori language and vocabulary for educational settings, including greetings, farewells, introductions, counting and instructions.

Building towards: 25% Te Reo Māori / 75% English

This course is designed for beginners with some basic knowledge of te reo Māori with a need to increase their ability and confidence to pronounce words accurately. In this course, participants will develop pronunciation skills, and extend knowledge of basic Māori language and vocabulary for educational settings, related to greetings, farewells, introductions, counting and instructions.

Building towards: 40% Te Reo Māori / 60% English

This course is designed for those who are confident with pronunciation and basic Māori language and vocabulary for educational settings. Participants will work to reinforce and refine their knowledge of greetings, farewells, introductions, counting and instructions, with an aim to use te reo Māori on a more regular basis.

Building towards: 50% Te Reo Māori / 50% English

This course is a gradual introduction to bilingual learning for intermediate-level learners with knowledge of some basic sentence structures and a range of vocabulary enabling more frequent use of te reo Māori. Participants will work to develop conversational skills and grammatical knowledge in te reo Māori, and develop understanding of Māori language revitalisation strategies. Some content will be facilitated in English with instructions mainly bilingual and consolidation practice in te reo Māori.

70% Te Reo Māori / 30% English

This course is intended for those who are able to interact more frequently in te reo Māori with a focus on developing knowledge of grammar. Participants will work to broaden their understanding of Māori worldviews, expressed through whakataukī, kīwaha and kupu whakarite; and extend their understanding of how to implement language revitalisation planning. This course is taught primarily in te reo Māori.

100% Te Reo Māori

This course is intended for those who are able to sustain conversations in te reo Māori. Participants will work to further expand their vocabulary and refine their knowledge of sentence structures and language resources. This course is taught entirely in te reo Māori.

100% Te Reo Māori

This course is intended for confident, advanced speakers and/or teachers of te reo Māori. Participants will work to further expand and refine their knowledge of vocabulary, grammar and language planning, in order to enhance their ability to support quality language use, teaching and learning in their language communities.

Programme delivery

Our new intake in 2024 is a 25-week programme, beginning with an Online Programme Introduction Session. You will engage in 120 hours of learning, made up of face-to-face and online workshops and tutorials; web-based directed-learning modules and self-directed learning. You will also have access to a further 50 hours of online content as self-directed learning, to consolidate what you have learnt.

Here is a breakdown of the delivery dates and expectations over each of the levels for Intake 4, 2024.

Te Whanganui a Tara
Wellington

Online Programme Introduction (viewing the recording is required)

A pre-recorded introduction for you to view before the first Weekend Workshop which you will access via this website using the Student Sign-in.

Weekend Workshops
(there are 4 sessions per weekend workshop and in order to meet requirements you must attend a minimum of 7/8 sessions in total over the two workshops)

1 day workshops, 4 topics covered each workshop, option to attend in person or online.

Weekend Workshop 1 — Saturday 11 May 2024
Weekend Workshop 2 — Saturday 10 August 2024

Online Tutorials (to meet requirements you must attend at least 5/7 tutorials)

7 x 1.5hr evening sessions delivered fortnightly, Monday through Thursday, with an optional extra half hour to go over questions about the online learning modules.

There are two timing options: 5pm - 7pm and 7pm - 9pm.

  • Delivery dates: (in the week of)
  • 13th May
  • 27th May
  • 10th June
  • 24th June (there is a six week break following this tutorial)
  • 12th August
  • 26th August
  • 9th September
Online Learning Modules (to meet requirements you must complete at least 8/10 modules)

We refer to this as Mahi Kāinga. There are 10 modules with consolidation activities that develop further your learning around the topics covered in the Weekend Workshops and the Online Tutorials. These modules are delivered on the iQualify online learning platform.

Self-directed Learning Hours

These hours are made up with ‘value-add’ materials and resources chosen by our team of kaiako to help you and your continued learning.

Hui Whakakapi

An event to acknowledge your year of learning to be held on the 19th October 2024 in Te Whanganui a Tara, with the venue to be confirmed.

Online Programme Introduction (viewing the recording is required)

A pre-recorded introduction for you to view before the first Weekend Workshop which you will access via this website using the Student Sign-in.

Weekend Kura Reo
(to meet requirements you must attend at least 12/15 sessions in total across the 3 kura reo)

2 full weekends delivered in-person, with 3 x 2hr sessions each day.
1 single day Kura Reo delivered online, with 3 x 2hr sessions.

Kura Reo 1 — Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th March (2-days, 9am-5pm each day, venue tbc)
Kura Reo 2 — Saturday 18th May (1-day, online; combined with tauira from Tāmaki Makaurau)
Kura Reo 3 — Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th August 2024 (2-days, 9am-5pm each day, venue tbc)

Online Tutorials (to meet requirements you must attend at least 4/5 sessions in total)

5 x 1.5hr evening sessions delivered fortnightly, Tuesday to Thursday, with an optional extra half hour to go over questions about the online learning modules.

There are two timing options: 5pm - 7pm and 7pm - 9pm.

  • Delivery dates: (in the week of)
  • 25th March
  • 29th April
  • 3rd June
  • 22nd July
  • 2nd September
Online Learning Modules (to meet requirements you must complete at least 8/10 modules)

We refer to this as Mahi Kāinga. There are 10 modules delivered as PDFs with consolidation activities that develop your learning around the topics covered in the Kura Reo and the Online Tutorials.

Self-directed Learning Hours

You will be given a subscription to Mumu Reo the online, self paced, te reo Māori programme designed by Pānia Papa and Leon Blake. There will also be ‘value-add’ materials and resources chosen by our team of kaiako to help you and your continued learning.

Hui Whakakapi

An event to acknowledge your year of learning will be held on the 19th in October 2024 in Te Whanganui a Tara, with the venue to be confirmed.

Tāmaki Makaurau
Auckland

Online Programme Introduction (viewing the recording is required)

A pre-recorded introduction for you to view before the first Weekend Workshop which you will access via this website using the Student Sign-in.

Weekend Workshops
(there are 4 sessions per weekend workshop and in order to meet requirements you must attend a minimum of 7/8 sessions in total over the two workshops)

1 day workshops, 4 topics covered each workshop, option to attend in person or online.

Weekend Workshop 1 — Saturday 4th or Sunday 5th May 2024 (option to attend either day)
Weekend Workshop 2 — Saturday 3rd or Sunday 4th August 2024 (option to attend either day)

Online Tutorials (to meet requirements you must attend at least 5/7 tutorials)

7 x 1.5hr evening sessions delivered fortnightly, Monday through Thursday, with an optional extra half hour to go over questions about the online learning modules.

There are two timing options: 5pm - 7pm and 7pm - 9pm.

  • Delivery dates: (in the week of)
  • 13th May
  • 27th May
  • 10th June
  • 24th June (there is a six week break following this tutorial)
  • 12th August
  • 26th August
  • 9th September
Online Learning Modules (to meet requirements you must complete at least 8/10 modules)

We refer to this as Mahi Kāinga. There are 10 modules with consolidation activities that develop further your learning around the topics covered in the Weekend Workshops and the Online Tutorials. All mahi kāinga is accessed through an online portal which you will receive details for when you enrol.

Self-directed Learning Hours

These hours are made up with ‘value-add’ materials and resources chosen by our team of kaiako to help you and your continued learning.

Hui Whakakapi

An event to acknowledge your year of learning will be held on the 2nd of November 2024 in Tāmaki Makaurau, with the venue to be confirmed.

Online Programme Introduction (viewing the recording is required)

A pre-recorded introduction for you to view before the first Weekend Workshop which you will access via this website using the Student Sign-in.

Weekend Kura Reo
(to meet requirements you must attend at least 12/15 sessions in total across the 3 kura reo)

2 full weekends delivered in-person, with 3 x 2hr sessions each day.
1 single day Kura Reo delivered online, with 3 x 2hr sessions.

Kura Reo 1 — Saturday 23rd - Sunday 24th March 2024 (2-days, 9am-5pm each day, venue tbc)
Kura Reo 2 — Saturday 18th May 2024 (1-day, online; combined with tauira from Te Whanganui a Tara)
Kura Reo 3 — Saturday 24th - Sunday 25th August 2024 (2-days, 9am-5pm each day, venue tbc)

Online Tutorials (to meet requirements you must attend at least 4/5 sessions in total)

5 x 1.5hr evening sessions delivered fortnightly, Tuesday to Thursday, with an optional extra half hour to go over questions about the online learning modules.

There are two timing options: 5pm - 7pm and 7pm - 9pm.

  • Delivery dates: (in the week of)
  • 25th March
  • 29th April
  • 3rd June
  • 22nd July
  • 2nd September
Online Learning Modules (to meet requirements you must complete at least 8/10 modules)

We refer to this as Mahi Kāinga. There are 10 modules with consolidation activities that develop further your learning around the topics covered in the Weekend Workshops and the Online Tutorials. All mahi kāinga is accessed through an online portal which you will receive details for when you enrol.

Self-directed Learning Hours

You will be given a subscription to Mumu Reo the online, self paced, te reo Māori programme designed by Pānia Papa and Leon Blake. There will also be ‘value-add’ materials and resources chosen by our team of kaiako to help you and your continued learning.

Hui Whakakapi

An online event to acknowledge your year of learning to be held on the 2nd November 2024 with the venue to be confirmed.

Eligibility & endorsement

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As a part of enrolment into the Te Ahu o te Reo Māori programme being delivered by Takatū Associates Ltd, you will need to have your eligibility endorsed by the Principal or Centre Manager of the educational setting that you are employed by or associated with.

This letter will need to be completed and submitted as a part of your Enrolment Application. We can not process your application without the completed Endorsement Form.

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About Takatū

Takatū is focused on innovation and production in education and over the past 20 years has provided Aotearoa with learning programmes such as Te Ara Reo Māori and Te Reo Kairangi; more than 400 episodes of popular television shows - AKO and Ōpaki; Māori language versions of global cartoons including Dora The Explorer, SpongeBob SquarePants and Penguins of Madagascar; and a new online system of learning te reo in ten easy steps called Mumu Reo.

Delivering Te Ahu o te Reo Māori programmes in Tāmaki Makaurau and Te Whanganui a Tara, Takatū has a team of recognised Māori language specialist teachers at the helm: Pānia Papa and Leon Blake. The digital content and online delivery team is led by Wawaro Te Whaiti and Puka Moeau, and operations across two large centres are managed by Helen Maxwell-Blake. Takatū is backed by a strong network of kaiako with experience in te reo Māori excellence and teaching across a variety of levels and settings.

Our commitment to increasing Māori language knowledge and use by all who share a passion for excellence in teaching and learning is guided by the sage words of the late Dr. Wharehuia Milroy –

Ko te reo te taikura o te whakaao mārama.
Language is the key to understanding.

Takatū is excited to be part of this nation-building initiative that will strengthen all levels of competency across our country’s education workforce to embed quality te reo Māori in all learning spaces throughout Aotearoa.

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Frequently asked questions

Te Ahu o te Reo Māori is the Ministry of Education’s nationwide initiative, set to support the te reo Māori development of teachers, managers and support staff in all kōhanga reo, kura, wharekura, schools and early childhood education centres across Aotearoa. Each intake will enrol in a programme of learning of 120 hours (contact and directed) with access to a further 50 hours of self-directed learning. There are no fees associated with this programme.

Enrolments are open to:

  • Teachers from early learning services through to secondary school
  • Kaiako, from Kōhanga Reo through to wharekura
  • Non-teaching and support persons in kura, schools, wharekura, early learning services and Kōhanga Reo.
  • Whānau (for example, Board members, volunteers, kapa haka tutors, sports coaches).

Your enrolment will need to be endorsed by the Principal or Manager from the kōhanga reo/ECE/kura/school you are employed by or associated with. You will be required to upload a signed endorsement form (accessed through the website) as part of your application to enrol.

Enrolment applications for Intake 4 will open in January 2024 and you'll be able to apply online.

Once we receive your completed enrolment form we will check it over to make sure you are eligible and have provided all the relevant information and then send you an email confirming your enrolment. If you have applied and haven’t received confirmation by mid-February 2024, please email help@takatu.co.nz

There are no attendance or registration fees, this initiative is fully funded by the Ministry of Education. You will, however, need to cover travel costs to attend the weekend workshops. Catering and learning resources will be provided.

Yes. If you want to continue on the programme in the next intake, you will need to re-enrol.

Yes.

We cater for all seven of the Ministry of Education’s Te Ahu o te Reo Māori curriculum. More detail on the seven levels

No. We deliver on weekends and evenings throughout 24 week programme across Terms 2 & 3. More detail on our programme delivery

The programme delivery is a combination of Weekend Workshops (for Levels 1-4) or Kura Reo (for Levels 5-7) and Online Tutorials, as well as Online learning activities that you will complete in your own time to consolidate face-to-face learning. More detail on our programme delivery

Once your enrolment is confirmed you will receive login details to the student portal which is where you'll be able to select your day/time for your tutorials once these have been posted.

There is no provision for teacher release days in our delivery of this programme.

The Ministry of Education has made available a Participant Support Fund (PSF) of $500.00 per participant per cohort. The Ministry is responsible for administering this funding directly to schools/kura and early learning providers as a contribution towards the support of the programme participants. The use of these funds is at the sole discretion of each learning centre.

This process is administered by the Ministry of Education. Any queries regarding payment should be directed to them on taotrm.payments@education.govt.nz

This is not determined by Takatū. How the monies are spent is at the discretion of each learning setting.

The Ministry of Education has designed a broad curriculum for providers to use as the basis for their programmes with five focus areas:

  1. Local dialect – including pronunciation, common features of local language, cultural expressions, oral devices
  2. Use – including simple greetings and acknowledgements, facilitating te reo activities in the classroom, in English-medium, bilingual and Māori-medium settings
  3. Grammar – including simple sentence grammar, commonly used sentence grammar, orthographic features, guiding correct grammar
  4. Curriculum – including knowledge of Māori language resources and how to use them in the classroom, curriculum delivery in Māori language, immersion teaching
  5. Revitalisation – including Māori language revitalisation issues, Māori language status, using strategies that promote the Māori language

Levels 1 - 7 will be taught by a team of experienced Māori language teachers including Hēmi Kelly, Hona Black, Donovan Farnham, Kohekohe Pihama, Ariana Stevens and a wider team of trained and dedicated tutors, led by Pānia Papa and Leon Blake.

Yes.

No. You can only register yourself.

No. You must register in the region where your Kōhanga Reo / Kura / Wharekura / ECE / School / High School is located.

No, you can only apply to enrol as individuals.

No, students are not eligible to enrol.

No.

There is a space in our Enrolment Form where you can indicate disabilities or accessibility issues, as well as any specific learning needs. Our team will follow up with participants with special needs individually.

Te Whanganui a Tara/Wellington Region - Weekend Workshops (Levels 1-4) will be held at Te Kura Māori o Porirua. Kura Reo (Levels 5-7) will be held at marae or venues as central as possible, to be confirmed.

Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland Region - Weekend Workshops (Levels 1-4) will be held at venues as central as possible, to be confirmed. Kura Reo (Levels 5-7) will be held at Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Hoani Waititi Marae and other marae/kura venues to be confirmed.

We are interested in hearing from those who have the facilities and would like to host any of our weekend workshops. We have not factored in delivery to small groups in individual settings at this stage, we are focused on delivering our programmes as centrally located and accessible to participants as possible.

No. We are one of the providers of Te Ahu o te Reo Māori.

You can send us an email at help@takatu.co.nz.
This email address will be monitored regularly when registrations open.