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Ko te reo, te mauri o te mana Māori

The language is the life force of the mana Māori

Tēnā koutou e te whānau o Te Kōtuku. Kei te mihi ahau ki a koutou katoa. Ko te reo Māori te reo taketake o Aotearoa. Nā reira, kia kaha, kia maia, kia manawanui ki a koutou e ngā ākonga e ako ana i tō tātou reo rangatira.

Rutherford College’s Māori Department aims to pursue excellence in learning te reo Māori, while creating opportunities for our students with new and exciting pathways in learning the indigenous language of New Zealand.

There are additional opportunities through Kapa Haka, Ngā Manu Kōrero Speech Competition, Tertiary trips and various cultural exchanges.

The Māori language and culture are precious unique taonga for all New Zealanders.  In them reside the mana of our ancestors- Ko te ihi me te mana o ō tātou tūpuna kei roto i te reo Māori.

Language Perfect

For just $30 per annum, we offer all language students a license to Language Perfect.

All available languages on this software can be worked on under each individual license.

Junior Māori

This enables students to learn basic te reo Māori and tikanga. We place an emphasis on students gaining confidence to help them continue the journey of learning te reo Māori at a higher level.

Students can choose te reo Māori for half a year in Year 9 and from Year 10, it is a full year programme.

Year 10 students who are competent with te reo are offered the opportunity to sit NCEA Te Reo Māori.

Our teaching units are:

 Year 9 Māori

  • Te whānau (family)
  • Whanaungatanga (relationships)
  • Ngā mihi (formal and informal greetings)
  • Whakapapa (belonging and identity)
  • Te marae (Marae protocols)

Year 10 Māori

  • Modes of transport
  • Sport and leisure gatherings
  • Planning an event
  • Important places
  • School life

Senior Te Reo Māori

This is an opportunity for students to challenge themselves in a safe and thriving learning environment and excel in learning te reo Māori me ōna tikanga. We support all our students with learning in and out of the classroom.

Being involved in the wider Māori community enables our students to have a better understanding of what is being taught. Students will actively be using Language Perfect and Google Classroom to access language resources online.

By the end of Senior Māori we aim that our students have competence in written and spoken Māori, and a genuine respect for Māori customs and protocol.

Year 11 Māori

  • Taku Kura (school life)
  • Taku Kainga (home life)
  • Te haere ki te Marae (planning a trip to the Marae)
  • Te ao o te hunga rangatahi (youth life)

Year 12 Māori

  • Ngā moemoea me ngā wawata (dreams and aspirations)
  • Te Pōwhiri (the procedures of a Pōwhiri)
  • Manaaki Tangata, Manaaki Whenua (looking after people and land)
  • Arotake Kiriata (movie review)

Year 13 Māori

  • He waiata i titoa ai i muri i te tau 1900 (a song composed before 1900)
  • Te Ao Torangapu (political issues)
  • Tuhinga Auaha (creative writing)
  • Whakarauora i te reo Māori (revitalising te reo Māori)

​Faculty Staff

Will Flavell Head of Department – Māori Email 
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