TREO110-18S2 (C) Semester Two 2018

Conversational Maori for Absolute Beginners

15 points
16 Jul 2018 - 18 Nov 2018


An intensive beginner's course in Maori language for those with no previous background in Te Reo Maori. Students will learn basic informal and formal greetings, introductory songs, proverbs, idiom, including a variety from Ngai Tahu, how to introduce themselves, express family relationships and the course will enable them to hold a basic conversation. This is a highly recommended language option for those who might work with Maori people or who just wish to familiarise themselves with the language. Students who have been credited with higher level TREO language courses cannot credit TREO 110. Students with prior knowledge or who are literate and/or fluent speakers of Te Reo may not enrol in this course without the permission of the Programme Director.

Ko taku reo taku ohooho, ko taku reo taku mapihi mauria - My language is my awakening, my language is the window to my soul.  TREO110 is an intensive beginner’s course in Māori language. This paper is great for anyone who is interested in gaining a familiarity with the building blocks of Te Reo. You’ll learn an extensive vocabulary and how to hold a basic conversation in Māori. In addition you will develop your own mihi so you will be able to confidently and appropriately introduce yourself in Māori situations.

TREO110 will give you the confidence to use Te Reo Māori in the workplace and at home. You’ll learn proper tikanga or protocol and correct pronunciation so that you can be more comfortable with your Māori language skills. The main focus will be on simple conversation aspects like greetings, farewells, introductions and songs. This paper is ideal for people that want to be more comfortable in a variety of Māori settings, from marae based events to working with Māori people. TREO110 provides a broad understanding of the values behind Te Reo Māori so you can better understand the significance of language and its place in Māori culture.

Pathways from this course are almost unlimited. Even at a beginner level, Te Reo Māori is immensely useful for teachers, journalists or any government workers who would like to be more confident with the language and culture of Māori people.

Study TREO110 and begin your cultural journey with the confidence that Aotahi has given you a bold first step into Te Reo Māori.  

This course will support you to gain knowledge and confidence in
• Marae protocols.
• Pronouncing Māori words such as place names and key words incorporated into New Zealand English.
• Introducing yourself and your family.
• Learning waiata
• Learning the place of Te Reo in New Zealand society.

Course Goals
• Introduce beginners of all ages to the building blocks of Māori language and basic conversation.
• Students introduced to applications of Te Reo in Te Aō Māori (the Māori world) including some key protocols.
• Gain confidence saying and using Māori words.
• Gain the skills to be confident moving onto further study in Te Reo Māori.

Learning Outcomes
Students will
• Learn pronunciation in Te Reo Māori.
• Learn some basic vocabulary.
• Know how to introduce yourself and greet others.
• Complete an introduction to Te Reo Māori for formal and informal Māori settings.
• Have the skills to progress to the Te Reo 111 paper.

Why this Paper?
Learning Te Reo Māori is a great contribution to your CV that is valued in the following career pathways
• All government agencies
• Community roles especially in Māori and Iwi sectors
• Professional social services
• Health sector roles
• Kaupapa Māori Research
• Criminal Justice Sector
• Teaching
• Journalism
• Law
• Translation
• Sales and marketing
• Media

Transferrable Skills
This course contributes to the development of the following transferable skills
• Language learning techniques
• Pronunciation techniques
• Communication skills
• Māori World view
• Tautoko

Learning Outcomes

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

Biculturally competent and confident

Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.


MAOR105, MAOR110, MAOR111, MAOR112, MAOR115, MAOR124, MAOR125

Timetable 2018

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 12:00 - 14:00 E5 Lecture Theatre 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 12:00 - 13:00 Te Ao Marama 250 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
02 Tuesday 16:00 - 17:00 Te Ao Marama 253 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
04 Friday 13:00 - 14:00 Te Ao Marama 253 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct

Course Coordinator

Jeanette King


Unaiki Melrose


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Oral Test 30%
Written Test 30%
Written Test 2 -40% 40%

Assessment 1           Written Test  1    30%
Assessment 2               Oral Test                    30%
Assessment 3           Written test 2            40%

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $746.00

International fee $3,038.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see Aotahi School of Maori and Indigenous Studies.

All TREO110 Occurrences