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Ngā Taonga Tuku Iho / Language and Culture development resources

The University is committed to supporting and encouraging the professional development of all staff and acknowledging staff who are making a genuine contribution to Māori development and the goals of the Māori Strategic Framework.

It is expected that staff and their managers will consider the goals of the Māori Strategic Framework and decide how it relates to their specific work environment. Once this has been determined, development plans can be identified.

There are a number of development opportunities available to staff both on and off-campus. Useful information is available at the Māori at Otago web site and the following list of links and resources is provided to assist you.

Learning Te Reo

There are a variety of resources which support the learning of the Māori language.

HR Training courses

Human Resources offers two introductory courses in te reo, which provide a safe learning environment for all beginners.

Find out about HR Māori language courses (scroll down the page)

Wānanga Reo

Contact staff in Te Tumu for more information on where and when Wānanga Reo are being held this year.

Kura Reo

These are intensive week-long immersion hui; contact either staff at Te Tumu or the Office of Māori Development for information on the next Kura Reo.

Find out about other resources for learning Māori
Visit the Te Tumu website
Visit the Office of Māori Development website

External providers

Te Wānanga o Aotearoa offers Te Ara Reo Māori which has a specific te reo focus.

Find out more about Te Wānanga o Aotearoa

HEDC Workshops

The Higher Education Development Centre offers some great courses relating to Māori culture. These include:

  • Māori Culture
  • Introduction to the Treaty of Waitangi
  • Advanced Treaty of Waitangi

Find out more about HEDC workshops

MAORI120: Introduction to the Māori World

This summer school course is available to staff at no cost, and introduces the Māori world, including cultural concepts and practices, Treaty of Waitangi, pronunciation, greetings, songs, and forms of language appropriate to work contexts. Includes cultural experience practicum.

Find out more about the MAORI120 course

Online resources

There are also a number of online resources to assist you with learning te reo Māori:

Using Māori in the University booklet

Te Reo Māori I Roto I Te Whare Wānanga / Using Māori in the University is a booklet designed to assist University staff to incorporate some Māori language into their everyday life and into the wider life of the University.

Download the Te Reo Māori I Roto I Te Whare Wānanga booklet

Te Whanake

A set of textbooks, study guides, CDs, teachers' manuals and a dictionary for learning and teaching Māori language. This website also provides access to a further range of associa;ted free online resources for independent learning and interaction.

Find out more about Te Whanake

Kōrero Māori

Te Taura Whiri i Te Reo Māori/Māori Language Commision’s Language Gateway for all learners of Te Reo.

Visit the Kōrero Māori website

Māori Language

Study the basics of the Māori Language, through online video movie lessons. Learn to korero or speak Te Reo Māori and get links to Māori Language resources and organisations to help you.

Find out more about Māori Language

Ngata Dictionary

A good online dictionary offering Māori to English and English to Māori translations.

Visit the Ngata Dictionary website