Undergraduate study in Huarahi Māori

Ko Te Puna Wānanga tēnei e mihi atu nei ki a koutou e hiahia ana kia whakangungua hei pouako mō ngā kura e whakaako ana mā te ara o te reo Māori.

If you are proficient in te reo Māori, the Huarahi Māori specialisation will equip you to work as a primary teacher in Māori-medium schools (including Kura Kaupapa Māori, Kura ā iwi, immersion and bilingual schools and classrooms), as well as English-medium primary and intermediate schools. 

You will be in high demand as there is a national shortage of te reo Māori teachers in bilingual settings.

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.

The Huarahi Māori specialisation is taught at both our Epsom Campus in Auckland and Tai Tokerau Campus in Whangārei.

What can you study in Huarahi Māori?

Complete a Bachelor of Education (Teaching) specialising in Huarahi Māori to teach at Māori-medium and English-medium primary and intermediate schools (typically students aged 5–13) in Aotearoa. Upon graduation, you will be eligible for provisional teacher certification.

The programme will introduce you to the Māori-medium curriculum Te Marautanga o Aotearoa, and its learning areas te reo matatini (literacy), pāngarau (mathematics), pūtaiao (science), tikanga ā iwi (social sciences), hangarau (technology), hauora (health and physical education) and ngā toi (the arts). In addition, you will learn about planning, teaching and assessment, the role of the teacher, bilingual education, Māori language revitalisation, the history and sociological context of New Zealand education and developmental and psychological theories of learning.  

Where can you study Huarahi Māori?

The Primary Teaching specialisation is taught at both our Epsom Campus in Auckland and Tai Tonga Campus in Whangārei, Northland.

Structuring your undergraduate study in Huarahi Māori

The Bachelor of Education (Teaching) Huarahi Māori specialisation consists of 360 points: 120 points each year, mostly comprised of 7–8 compulsory 15-point core courses at each level. Most students opt to complete their General Education course in their first year of study. Otherwise they will need to do so in Summer School. They have a wide range to choose from:
General Education courses on offer.


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
  • EDCURRM 117 Ngā Toi: He Whakatakinga
  • EDPROFM 102 Pakirehua Ngaio - Te Ako
  • EDCURRM 108 Pāngarau: He Whakatakinga
  • EDUCM 106 He Tirohanga kit e Mātauranga I Aotearoa
  • EDCURRM 109 Te Reo Matatini: Te Pihinga
  • EDPRACM 100 Noho a kura 1
  • One course from the General Education schedules available for this programme.

Stage II

  • EDCURRM 101 Ngā Toi: He Wakatakinga
  • EDPRACM 201 Noho ā kura: Te Taiao Ako
  • EDPROFM 209 Te Whiringa Pūmau o te Reo
  • EDPROFM 214 Te Aromatawai mō te Ako me te Whakaako
  • EDCURRM 103 Te Whaiora
  • EDCURRM 105 Pūtaiao: He Whakatakinga
  • EDCURRM 106 Tikanga-ā-iwi: He Whakatakinga
  • EDPROFM 205 Te Whakatairanga Paetae mō te Ākonga

Stage III

  • EDCURRM 202 Te Reo Matatini Te Puanga
  • EDCURRM 204 Pāngarau: Te Whakaako
  • EDUCM 321 Te Ao Tōrangapū me te Mātauranga
  • EDPRACM 302A Noho ā kura: Te Whakatairanga Paetae Mātauranga
  • EDPROFM 309 Whāia Te Pae Tawhiti kia Tata
  • EDPROFM 305 Te Pouako Ngaio
  • EDCURRM 304 Tū Tangata
  • EDPRACM 302B Noho ā kura: Te Whakatairanga Paetae Mātauranga

Assessment and Practicum

You’ll be assessed through assignments, practical work experience in schools and examinations. You can submit your assignments in te reo Māori or English.

Practical experience in school, or practicum, is critical to understanding what it’s really like to be a professional teacher. You’ll develop 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 will complete a minimum of two practicums in a Māori medium classroom and your third placement can be in a school of your choice, either English or Māori-medium.

You’ll have the support of an associate teacher, who is responsible for providing opportunities for you to meet the specific requirements of the practicum, reflect on your practice, and be actively involved in your own learning. Associate teachers contribute to evidence-based assessment in relation to course learning outcomes and the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand’s Standards.

Where can undergraduate study in Huarahi Māori take you?

Our graduates are in high demand as teachers. You will qualify as a primary teacher in Māori-medium schools including Kura Kaupapa Māori, Kura ā iwi, immersion and bilingual schools and classrooms, as well as English-medium primary and intermediate schools. Teaching also equips you with a range of transferable skills that can be applied in many professions.

Primary school teachers are highly sought-after in New Zealand. The career is listed as a skill shortage for every region in the Regional Skill Shortage List 2019.

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 postgraduate courses offered by Te Puna Wānanga include

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

Further study options include

Scholarships and awards

Each year we award scholarships and prizes to thousands of students. Find out more by visiting scholarships and awards.

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

In year two, you may be eligible to apply for Te Karahipi Whakamaumaharantanga ki a Sonny rāua ko Mona Riini (The Sonny and Mona Riini Memorial Scholarship).

Help and advice

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

To discuss your study options with a student adviser, email education@auckland.ac.nz or make an appointment.

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.