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Here at Te Awa Māori, we are passionate, experienced and caring providers of personal and professional education in Te reo, Tikanga and Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

Manaakitanga ‘respect and care’ is at the forefront of our services.

Te Awa is the name of our whānau on our mother’s side. Te Awa means ‘the river’ – this metaphor is used in our resources. Our students launch their waka onto the awa to take an intrepid learning journey with us. From beginners through to intermediate, our services provide the manaakitanga and experience required to help our students reach their learning destination. Most importantly we aim to bring the fun back into learning!

What We Do

IN-HOUSE professional development focusing on:

CULTURAL COMPETENCY:

Te reo and Tikanga:  Beginners – Intermediate
Te Tiriti o Waitangi:  An introduction

Courses are customised to suit your team.

ONLINE te reo courses Level 1-3  specialising in:

Pronunciation
Vocabulary fundamentals
Beginners te reo
Intermediate te reo
Advanced te reo (coming soon) For more information contact info@teawamaori.com.

About Us

Ko Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa, Rangitāne me Ngāpuhi ō mātou nei iwi.

Kelly Keane-Tuala is the founder, director and senior facilitator at Te Awa Māori. Kelly is co-creator of Kupu o te Rā and has more than 15 years lecturing experience at Te Herenga Waka Victoria University of Wellington.

Te Awa Māori have been teaching te reo online since 2009 and are also the preferred provider for Waka Kotahi and Manatū Hauora for Māori Professional Development.

We have also provided services to:

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Ngā Taonga
Public Service Commission
Department of Internal Affairs
Hertiage NZ
Publicis Groupe
Lotteries NZ
FMG
Summerset Group
New Zealand Institute of Building
Office of Treaty Settlements
Police NZ Headquarters
Victoria University of Wellington
Crown Law
Ora Toa
Iwi groups, Schools and Government Departments in New Zealand and abroad.

Our online programme has been running since 2009 and we have taught students from all around the world, including London, France, Japan, Hawaii, Australia and New Zealand.

Along with 1000minds we co-own and operate Te Kupu o te Rā, which is a free Māori language resource.

We also provide translation services and only use translators who are recognised by the National Translators’ and Interpreters’ Register at Te Taura Whiri i te reo Māori.

For more information please email info@teawamaori.com

Courses

Online:

Hā o te Rā: The daily breath of te reo
Beginners-Intermediate

Whakarewaina tōu waka ‘Launch your waka’ and reach your language learning destination. Te Waka Tīwai  Beginners and Te Waka Tētē Intermediate, have been fashioned as a vehicle to transport you; the hoe ‘paddles’ give you autonomy to head in your own direction.  We equip you with interactive resources and techniques so that you are on a continual language learning journey.

Style: Facilitated via live Zoom group sessions online; videos; optional whānau groups; assessments and personal accountability sessions to keep you on track.

Objectives: Vocabulary learning (relevant to you); sentence building; listening comprehension; written communication and most importantly, conversational practice. Karakia and waiata are included in the course learning objectives.

Can’t make the live sessions? No problem. We will provide you with recordings of the live session you missed.

Get your reo whānau together and register!

You can register for your course by clicking the link that contains your preferred date and time.

Te Waka Tīwai: Te reo Absolute Beginners Level 1 (10 weeks, $199 plus GST)

Matariki 2022 Courses OPEN for Registration

Pipiri/June

Te Waka Tīwai Level 1 (8pm-9.20pm, 28 Jun 2022 – 30 Aug 2022)

Te Waka Tīwai Level 1 (12pm-1.20pm, 30 Jun 2022 – 01 Sep 2022)

Mahuru/September 

Te Waka Tīwai Level 1 (12pm-1.20pm, 19 Sep 2022 – 21 Nov 2022) Limited seats left on this waka!!!

Learn how to:

  • pronounce words and phrases with confidence and accuracy
  • introduce yourself and others
  • describe people and things
  • use words referring to people (pronouns)
  • count and tell time
  • tell people where things are located and who has them
  • say what you’re doing and where you’re going
  • say who owns something/will own something
  • use the ‘a’ and ‘o’ category correctly

Learn and apply words best suited to your own personal everyday language environment eg. home / marae / school / specific work environments (healthcare / hospitality / government agencies etc).

Start learning your vocabulary for this course now! Go to Te Awa Māori’s Quizlet link to get started.

To achieve the best learning outcomes during the course, you should work on your reo for at least one hour a day. We will give you activities and strategies to help you.

For more information email info@teawamaori.com or register now via link in course name above.

Te Waka Tīwai: Te reo Beginners Level 2 (10 weeks, $220 plus GST)

2022 Courses OPEN for Registration

Mahuru/September

Te Waka Tīwai Level 2 (8pm-9.20pm, 20 Sep 2022 – 22 Nov 2022) Limited seats left on this waka!!!

Learn how to:

  • extend on the sentences from Level 1
  • talk about possession/ownership
  • use time phrases
  • give commands
  • say who owns/will own something
  • express likes and dislikes
  • use relevant idiomatic expressions.

Learn and apply words best suited to your own personal everyday language environment eg. home / marae / school / specific work environments (healthcare / hospitality / government agencies/ tertiary institutions etc).

Once you’ve registered for this course, we’ll send you links to some of our awesome online resources so you can study before you get started.

To achieve the best learning outcomes during the course, you should work on your reo for at least one hour a day. We will give you activities and strategies to help you.

For more information email info@teawamaori.com or register now via link in course name above.

Te Waka Tētē: Te reo Intermediate Level 3 (10 weeks, $240 plus GST)

2022 Course Open for Registration

Mahuru/September

Te Waka Tētē Level 3 (8pm-9.20pm, 22 Sep 2022- 24 Nov 2022) Limited seats left on this waka!!!

Learn how to:

  • use the markers ‘i’ and ‘ki’ properly in verbal sentences
  • say ‘something was/is/will be done by someone/something’ aka passives
  • make comparisons between people/things
  • emphasise who did or will do something aka agent emphatics
  • express the state of something aka statives (using words like ‘mutu’, ‘oti’, ‘pau’, etc).

Learn and apply words best suited to your own personal everyday language environment eg. home / marae / school / specific work environments (healthcare / hospitality / government agencies/ tertiary institutions etc)

Once you’ve registered for this course, we’ll send you links to some of our awesome online resources so you can study before you get started.

To achieve the best learning outcomes during the course, you should work on your reo for at least one hour a day. We will give you activities and strategies to help you.

For more information email info@teawamaori.com or register now via link in course name above.

In-house / Face to face:

Cultural Awareness Course

  • Te reo and Tikanga: Beginners – Intermediate

Be prepared to take a journey that will open your eyes, awaken your wairua ‘spirit’ and connect your manawa ‘heart and soul’ to the whenua ‘land’ and its people.

Learn:
Pronunciation
Mihimihi ‘greetings’, an introduction of oneself in te reo and how to greet others both formally and informally
Whakapapa ‘the importance of connection through relationships’
Tikanga ‘customary principles’ that underpin culture and relationships
Kawa ‘how things are done’ and Māori legend and tradition (why things are done) in te ao Māori ‘the Māori world’.

  • Te Tiriti o Waitangi:

An introduction to Te Tiriti o Waitangi. 

Learn about the significance of He Whakaputanga o te Rangatiratanga o Nu Tirene: the Declaration of Independence of the United Tribes of New Zealand and the circumstances that led to the signing of Te Tiriti o Waitangi. We look at the aftermath and what it means to us today.

To book your sessions or for more information email info@teawamaori.com