MAORI111-22A (HAM)

Te Reo Māori: Introductory 1

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Paper Description

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This course is intended for students with little or no prior knowledge of the Māori language. Classroom activities are aimed at developing reading, writing, speaking and listening skills, with a particular emphasis on interpersonal communication skills. Priority will be given to the development of oral communication competency and listening skills. The focus will be on basic everyday language like greetings, farewells, family relationships, counting, telling the time, talking about a trip, giving and receiving commands and talking about your likes and dislikes. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to understand language that has familiar patterns, recognise new words and be able to interact in a communicative way with predictable exchanges. Learners will also develop an awareness of the language learning process. The medium of delivery favors a bilingual approach and the teaching strategies are based on Māori pedagogical practices and communicative language teaching methodologies where possible.

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Paper Structure

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Weekly Class Schedule

2 x 2 hour lectures

1 x 1 hour tutorial

Core teaching and learning activities for this paper take place during the lecture and tutorial hours. Lectures are used to teach new constructions and vocabulary, to practice using new language, and to develop competence in reading, writing, speaking and listening. Tutorials are used to reinforce and practice what has been learnt in class, to prepare for assessments and test oral competency, through kōrero ā-waha.

Some additional work and/or materials may be provided through Moodle to support self-directed learning and study outside of the classroom.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • Pronounce Māori words and phrases correctly
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  • Understand and use basic language that has a familiar pattern to interact in a communicative way with predictable exchanges.
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  • Comprehend a range of basic dialogue in te reo Māori through reading and listening
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  • Understand and use numbering structures in relation to time, cost, people and objects
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  • Provide information about taking a trip
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  • Enquire and respond appropriately about objects and their location
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  • Display confidence and competency when speaking in te reo Māori
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Specific criteria for each assessment item will be available on Moodle.
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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Mahi Kāinga 1
25 Mar 2022
6:00 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Kōrero ā-waha 1 (Oral Assessment 1)
4 Apr 2022
No set time
  • In Class: In Tutorial
3. Mahi Kāinga 2
13 May 2022
6:00 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. Kōrero ā-waha 2 (Oral Assessment 2)
23 May 2022
No set time
  • In Class: In Tutorial
5. Whakamātautau Nui
8 Jun 2022
No set time
  • In Class: In Lecture
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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There are no required readings for this paper.
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Recommended Readings

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Moorfield, John C. (2001). Te Kākano. Auckland: Longman Paul Ltd.

Biggs, B. (1973). Let's Learn Maaori. A Guide to the Study of the Maaori Language. Wellington: A.H. & A.W. Reed.

Biggs, B. (1981). Complete English - Maaori Dictionary. Auckland University Press; [Wellington, N.Z.]: Oxford University Press, 1981.

Cleave, P., Mataira, K., & Pere, R. (1978). Oxford Māori Picture Dictionary. He Pukapuka Kupuāhua Māori. Wellington [N.Z.]: Oxford University Press.

Māori Language Commission. (1992). Te Matatiki. Wellington: Te Taura Whiri i te Reo.

Ngata, Hōri M. (1993). English - Māori Dictionary. Wellington: Learning Media Ltd.

Reed Books (2001). The Essential Māori Dictionary. Auckland: Reed.

Williams, H.W. (1971). A Dictionary of the Māori Language. Wellington: Govt. Printer.

Additional resources:

Online te reo Māori learning programmes can be found at:

Podcasts, videos, and resources - these resources can be downloaded using your IPods, MP3 players etc and these resources are free.

Kimikupu Hou – Māori word database -

English to Māori and Māori to English -

Toi te Kupu/Introduction-Database written in Māori that catalogues/describes published Māori language resource material -

Kia haria te reo Māori ki waho o te karaehe me kaha koutou ki te:

Seek many ways to increase and strengthen your knowledge of te reo Māori. Listen to Māori radio, T.V. programmes (Whakaata Māori, Te Karere, Marae), attend wānanga reo.

Mātakitaki pouaka whakaata Māori

Whakarongo ki te reo irirangi Māori

Pānui pukapuka Māori

Kōrerohia te reo Māori, ahakoa ki hea, ā hea rānei

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Online Support

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This paper is supported by Moodle. Moodle is the eLearning platform of this university that is used to foster student interaction related to learning. This paper (MAOR111) can be accessed by visiting

Panoptos for each lecture will also be posted into Moodle.

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Students are encouraged to study every night for at least two hours (where possible). In order to make good progress, it is important to do extra work outside of the classroom as the few hours that you spend in class each week will not be sufficient learning time. Use your extra study time to:

- Complete consolidation tasks not completed in class.

- Research topics, constructions and new words for oral tests and practice for oral test.

- Practise all new sentence constructions learnt during class time.

- Read, learn and revise any material brought up in tutorial classes.

- Revise any work covered in class.

- Learn new words.

The following is a breakdown of the 150 hours recommended for this paper:

Course HoursWeekly Hours
Lectures - 48 hoursLectures - 4 hours
Tutorials - 12 hoursTutorials - 1 hours
Independent Study - 90 hoursIndependent Study - 7.5 hours
Total 150 hoursTotal 12.5 hours
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Linkages to Other Papers

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This paper is a prerequisite for MAOR112 Te Reo Māori: Introductory 2
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Restricted papers: REOM111

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