Māori Medium Education

Contribute to the revitalisation of Māori language and culture through a career in Māori medium education.

If you are proficient in te reo Māori you could teach in bilingual or Māori medium school settings. As a Māori medium educator you will be empowered to use use tikanga Māori and te reo Māori to make a difference for young learners, iwi, hapū and whānau in Aotearoa New Zealand.

With the Huarahi Māori specialisation of the Bachelor of Education (Teaching), you can gain a teaching qualification that empowers you to use tikanga Māori and te reo Māori to make a difference for young learners, iwi, hapū and whānau in Aotearoa New Zealand and beyond.

Through the programme you will gain the skills and expertise for providing our tamariki with high-quality learning experiences that respond to their needs, in a supportive whanau-based environment. On completing the programme, you will be qualified to teach in Māori immersion, kura kaupapa and bilingual schools as well as English medium primary and intermediate schools.

Students of the Huarahi Māori programme have gone on to work as educators, to
influence policy, promote Māori culture and values and, ultimately, improve the lives of future generations of Māori.

Mā wai tō tātou reo e whakaako ki ā tātou tamariki? Mehemea e hiahia ana koe kia whakangungua koe hei pouako mō ō tātou kura reo Māori, haere mai ki Te Puna Wānanga o Te Kura Akoranga o Te Whare Wānanga o Tāmaki-makau-rau, ki konei ako ai.

Sector outlook

Graduates who can teach in Māori medium or te reo Māori as a subject are in consistently high demand across all sectors.

The Māori medium education sector is fast-growing, with a large amount of ongoing research and development.

The sector maintains strong connections to communities and iwi, promoting Māori culture and language through immersion classes and schools.

Our highly regarded Bachelor of Education (Teaching) - Huarahi Māori programme enables you to teach in a range of schools such as Māori medium institutions, bilingual schools and English medium primary and intermediate schools.

Job options (teaching)

Graduates who studied Māori medium education can pursue a range of teaching roles, including:

  • Kura Kaupapa Māori teacher
  • Kura ā iwi teacher
  • Teacher at an immersion or bilingual school
  • Early Childhood Teacher
  • Kaiwhakaako Māori
  • Private Teacher/Tutor
  • Secondary School Teacher
  • Teacher Aide
  • Tertiary Lecturer
  • Trainer

Job options (outside teaching)

A Māori medium qualification can also lead to other rewarding careers beyond teaching, including:

  • School management
  • Curriculum development
  • Education researcher
  • Education policy analyst
  • Community development
  • Professional development
  • Working with iwi
  • Writing and publishing

Salary benefits

According to CareersNZ, Māori medium graduates can expect strong salary growth throughout their career, with some schools paying above the standard salary level.

If you teach te reo Māori in Māori immersion classes, you may also qualify for a Māori immersion allowance under the Primary Teachers’ Collective Agreement.