Undergraduate study in Huarahi Māori

Learn about your undergraduate study options for teaching in te reo Māori.

Kei Te Puna Wānanga tētahi hōtaka mō koutou e hiahia ana kia whakangungua hei pouako mō ō tātou kura reo Māori mā te huarahi o te reo Māori. Ko te ingoa o te hōtaka nei, ko Te Huarahi Māori.

If you are proficient in te reo Māori and want to work as a primary teacher in Māori-medium schools (including Kura Kaupapa Māori, Kura ā iwi, immersion and bilingual schools and classrooms) then the Huarahi Māori specialisation will equip you for this. It will also qualify you to work as a teacher in general primary or intermediate schools.

You will be in high demand once you have qualified as there is a national shortage of teachers of te reo Māori in bilingual settings. You will also have the advantage of learning about both the New Zealand curriculum and Māori-medium curriculum, allowing you to move between English-medium primary and intermediate schools and Māori-medium.

Huarahi Māori is a three-year specialisation within the Bachelor of Education (Teaching). It introduces you to the Māori-medium curriculum Te Marautanga o Aotearoa and develops your knowledge and skills in the areas of te reo matatini (literacy), pāngarau (numeracy), tikanga Māori, mātauranga Māori and Māori pedagogy.

It emphasises the acqusition and application of practical skills by observing and teaching in Māori medium, bilingual and mainstream classrooms during noho ā kura (practicum) for 20 weeks over the course of your study. You'll gain practical experience in three schools: two Māori medium school placements plus another school  of your choice, either English or Māori-medium.

The programme is shaped by a commitment to fairness and social justice. It is underpinned by the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and a commitment to ensure equitable outcomes in learning. The qualification will allow you to be a leader in the Māori world, with knowledge across a range of areas.

It is taught at both our Epsom (Central Auckland) and Tai Tokerau (Whangārei) campuses.

What can you study in Huarahi Māori?

You can complete a Bachelor of Education (Teaching) Huarahi Māori in areas such as:

  • Developmental and psychological theory of learning
  • Hauora Ngā Toi: dance, drama, music and visual art
  • Pāngarau and tauanga
  • Pedagogy and the role of a teacher
  • Planning teaching and assessing with the Māori-medium curriculum Hangarau i roto i te Marautanga o Aotearoa
  • Pūtaiao
  • Te Aromatawai mō te Ako me te Whakaako: assessment
  • Te reo and bilingual education
  • The history and sociological context of New Zealand education
  • Tikanga ā Iwi

Entry requirements for Bachelor of Education (Teaching) Huarahi Māori specialisation

Secondary school qualification Rank score required
NCEA 150
CIE 150
IB 26

Admission is subject to a satisfactory interview, police check/s, safety checks and referees’ reports.

You will be required to sit literacy and numeracy tests if you have been out of the New Zealand school system for more than one year.

As part of the interview process your written and oral fluency in te reo Māori will be assessed to the proficiency descriptors of the Taura Whiri i te Reo proficiency framework.

What if you don’t meet the entry requirements?

  • If you are 20 on or before the first day of semester, have no formal University Entrance (UE) qualification, and are a New Zealand or Australian citizen or permanent resident you can apply for special admission.
  • If you are under 20, have no formal University Entrance (UE) qualification, but have achieved exceptional results in Year 12, and are a New Zealand or Australian citizen or permanent resident you can apply for discretionary entrance.

Structuring your undergraduate study in Huarahi Māori

The Bachelor of Education (Teaching) Huarahi Māori specialisation consists of 360 points: 120 each year, mostly comprised of 7–8 compulsory 15-point core courses at each level. In the first year, students are able to choose one course from the General Education courses on offer. Each year has a strong emphasis on the noho ā kura (practicum) where students observe and teach classes in a Māori-medium setting: in the third year this is worth 30 points.

Students can submit their assignments in te reo Māori.


Explore the undergraduate courses you are required to take for the Bachelor of Education (Teaching) – Huarahi Māori specialisation.

Stage I

  • EDPROFM 101 Te reo Māori 1
  • EDUCM 100: He Tirohanga ki te Mātauranga i Aotearoa
  • EDPRACM 100 Noho ā kura 1
  • EDPROFM 102 Pakirehua Ngaio – Te Ako
  • EDCURRM 100 Te Reo Matatini 1 Te Pihinga
  • EDCURRM 111 Hauora
  • EDCURRM 112 Pāngarau: He Whakatakinga
  • One course from the General Education schedules available for this programme.

Stage II

  • EDPROFM 201 Te reo Māori 2
  • EDCURRM 108 Hangarau me te Pūtaiao – He Whakatakinga
  • EDCURRM 110 Ngā Toi: He Whakatakinga
  • EDUCM 200 Te Atawhai i te Rerenga Kētanga
  • EDPROFM 202 Pakirehua Ngaio – Te Whakaako
  • EDPROFM 203 Mātauranga: Te Whakawhanake Hapori Ako
  • EDPRACM 201 Noho ā kura 2
  • EDPROFM 304 Ako mā te aromatawai  

Stage III

  • EDPROFM 302 Te reo Māori 3
  • EDCURRM 109 Tikanga ā-iwi: He whakatakinga
  • EDCURRM 200 Te Reo Matatini 2: Te Puanga
  • EDCURRM 203 Pāngarau: He Puāwaitanga
  • EDCURRM 201 Hangarau me te Pūtaiao – He Whakawhanaketanga
  • EDPROFM 303 Pakirehua Ngaio – Te Pouako Pakirehua
  • EDUCM 301 Inclusive Education and Philosophy
  • EDPRACM 300 Noho ā kura 3  

Where can undergraduate study in Huarahi Māori take you?

You will qualify as a primary teacher in Māori medium schools including Kura Kaupapa Māori, Kura ā iwi, immersion and bilingual schools and classrooms. You will also be qualified to teach in mainstream primary and intermediate schools.

Jobs related to Huarahi Māori

  • Community and youth development
  • Curriculum development and leadership
  • Teacher
  • School leadership and management
  • Working with iwi and community groups

Further study options

Postgraduate courses offered by Te Puna Wānanga include:

  • EDPROFM 700 - Special Topic: Being Maori, Thinking Theory
  • EDPROFM 702 - Special Topic: Maori Language Teachers: Teaching Te Reo Maori
  • EDUC 716 - Education and Diversity
  • EDUC 733 - Teaching in Bilingual/Immersion Settings
  • EDUC 787 - Researching Maori Education

Other postgraduate programmes include:

  • Master of Education
  • Master of Education Practice
  • Master of Educational Leadership
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Education
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Leadership
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Language Teaching

Scholarships and awards

The University of Auckland offers a range of scholarships every year. Find out more here.

In addition, you will be eligible to apply for TeachNZ scholarships:

Help and advice

For general student enquiries, please contact the Education Student Centre.

To meet with a Programme Student Adviser, email education@auckland.ac.nz

During your studies we have a dedicated team of staff to support you – whether academic or personal. There is also a range of support services specific to Māori students.