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With a Massey Diploma in Arts (Te Reo Māori) you’ll be able to use New Zealand’s indigenous language and participate in a Māori language community in ways that reinforce the everyday use of te reo.

  • Level

  • Undergraduate, NZQF Level 5
  • Distance learning

  • Available
  • Duration

  • Available 2 years part-time. Not available for full-time study.
  • International

  • Not open to international students

Become a competent speaker and writer of te reo Māori

Our te reo Māori courses will help to build up your knowledge of Māori language until you are a competent speaker and writer. You’ll be able to demonstrate your knowledge of Māori language in accordance with a Māori audience. You’ll also be able to share your skills in ways that express and reflect a Māori world-view.

Invest in the future of Aotearoa/New Zealand

The linguistic and cultural skills of New Zealand’s indigenous language are a crucial platform for mutual understanding and positive collaboration. You’ll have the confidence to engage productively in Māori environments. You’ll enhance your oral and written te reo in ways that will enable you to understand, appreciate and work with Māori speakers.

You’ll also be able to reflect critically on your own personal, professional and cultural development in ways that support lifelong learning in te reo Māori me ōna tikanga.

Learn from award-winning lecturers

Our te reo Māori programme is led by staff who are leaders in Māori research. You’ll learn from winners of the Pikihuia Awards for Māori Writers, and lecturers who bring their knowledge and passion for Māori literature and development into their teaching, to give you a creative and innovative learning experience.

Careers and further study


Written and oral competence in te reo Māori is an asset for work in community, health, education and government organisations in Aotearoa New Zealand. Career pathways include:

  • community work
  • Māori and indigenous development
  • policy analysis
  • research
  • publishing and teaching.

Entry requirements

University admission

All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.

Programme admission


There are no specific entry requirements for this programme, outside of university admission regulations.

English language requirements

To study this programme you must meet Massey University's English language standards.

Prior learning, credit and exemptions

For information on prior learning, exemptions and transfer of credit or other questions:

If you do not have the entry requirements

English language and foundation courses

If you need help with your English language skills before you start university, we have courses and qualifications that may help.

Summer School

If you need to do a course before you start your programme, there may be options for you in Summer School.

Courses and planning

Credit summary

120 credits

No endorsement option

  • Core courses – 30 credits
  • Courses from the Schedule – 60 credits
  • Electives – 30 credits

Endorsement option

  • Core courses – 30 credits
  • Courses from one endorsement – 60 credits
  • Elective – 30 credits

A specialisation (endorsement) is optional, requiring at least 60 credits from the endorsement, including not more than 30 credits at 100-level.

Ensure across your courses you also have:

  • Not more than 75 credits at 100 level
  • At least 45 credits at 200 level or above
  • Not more than 15 credits above 100-level from outside of the Schedule to the Diploma
  • Not more than a total of 30 credits from outside of the Schedule to the Diploma.

Courses for this specialisation

Compulsory courses

300111 Te Reo Kōnakinaki: Developing Te Reo 15
300210 Te Reo Kōrerorero: Discussing in Te Reo 15
300211 Te Reo Whakanakonako: Embellishing Te Reo 15

Subject courses

At least 15 credits from
300310 Te Reo Auaha: Creative Writing in Te Reo 15
300311 Te Reo Papa: Strengthening Te Reo 15
300312 Te Reo o te Marae: Karanga and Whaikorerorero 15

Subject qualification elective courses

300110 Te Reo Whakahoahoa: Socialising in Te Reo 15
300209 Te Reo Torangapu: Political Te Reo 15

Planning your programme

Planning overview

If you later proceed to the Bachelor of Arts degree, all of the courses in your Diploma of Arts can be transferred to the Bachelor of Arts.

Mehemea kua tutuki pai i a koe te NCEA 3 te reo Māori me haere tika koe ki nga pepa o te tau tuarua, 300.210 whai muri tonu iho ko te pepa 300.211.

If you have successfully completed NCEA level 3 te reo Māori you should enrol directly into the second year course 300.210, followed by course 300.211.

Mehemea pīrangi āwhina, whakamārama mō ngā pepa o te wāhanga reo, whakapā atu koa ki a mā

If you require assistance to discuss which reo Māori course you should enrol in please contact mā

If you are a Māori language speaker please contact the programme coordinator prior to enrolling in language courses.

Fees and scholarships

Fees and finance

Fees, student loans and free fees scheme

Your tuition fees may be different depending on the courses you choose. Your exact fees will show once you have chosen your courses.

There will also be some compulsory non-tuition fees and for some courses, there may also be charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.

Already know which courses you're going to choose?

You can view fees for the courses that make up your qualification on the course details pages.

Student loans (StudyLink) and Fees Free scheme

You may be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.

The New Zealand Government offers fees-free tertiary study for eligible domestic students. Find out more about the scheme and your eligibility on the Fees Free website. To use the site's eligibility checking tool, you will need your National Student Number.

Current and returning Massey students can find their National Student Number in the student portal.

A good fit if you:

  • are curious about te reo
  • want to contribute positively to your whānau and community
  • want to interact and communicate in Māori contexts.

Key information for students

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To understand what you need to study and must complete to graduate read the official rules and regulations for this qualification.

You should read these together with all other relevant Statutes and Regulations of the University including the General Regulations for Undergraduate Degrees, Undergraduate Diplomas, Undergraduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas and Graduate Certificates.

Regulations for this programme

Applying and enrolling

Applying for the programme

Check you are ready

If you are ready to apply, have a look at our application checklist. It will help you get prepared with what you need. Please also check the entry requirements carefully before you apply.

Choose your programme and click on Apply now

You will apply for the programme using the Apply now button on this page. You’ll also choose your specialisation (major, subject or endorsement) if applicable.

Some programmes have additional requirements such as the submission of a portfolio or CV. Click on Apply now and you will be able to submit those documents as part of the application process.

Receive and accept an Admission Offer of Place

You will receive an Admission Offer of Place when you have been accepted into the programme. You need to accept this before you can enrol in your courses. International students also need to pay their fees at this point.

Enrolling in courses

You’ll then get access to your own student homepage (also known as the student portal). This is where you can enrol in courses. Any updates on your application or enrolments will also be on your student homepage. Make sure you check this regularly.

When you choose courses, ensure you check for any requirements that apply including:

  • prerequisites (courses you have to do before the one you are enrolling in)
  • corequisites (courses you have to do at the same time as the one you are enrolling in)
  • restrictions (courses that you cannot enrol in if you are completing or have completed another identified similar course)
  • location – for instance some distance-based courses still have an on-campus element, so double check that the way the course is taught is suitable for your situation.

Each of our courses has its own webpage where you can find this information. You can use our course search to find course pages.

More information on courses is in the ‘Courses for this programme’ section on this page.

You can find information on application due dates and semester dates on the key dates page.

We look forward to welcoming you to Massey!

If you have any questions, contact us through the Enquire button on this page.

What are courses and credits?

What are courses and credits?

Each Massey programme is made up of courses (in some tertiary institutions they are called ‘papers’).

You will have some compulsory courses and some you can choose from.

Each course is worth a certain amount of credits (often 15 credits, but this does vary). You must gain a set number of credits to be able to graduate from this programme.

There may also be some rules about which courses you need to pass to progress to the next year, or stage, of your study (known as progression). There are also courses you must pass to graduate with a specialisation.

  • See the ‘Courses for this programme’ section for the list of courses.
  • Courses search

Understanding course numbers

The first three digits of our course numbers show you which subject the course is about.

The second three digits show you the level and course ID number. For instance:

  • sub-degree courses are '0' (i.e. xxx.0xx)
  • undergraduate study begins at 100-level, (i.e. xxx.1xx)
  • as you progress through 200- and 300-level courses this number changes to 2 and 3 respectively. The higher the number that starts the second three digits, the higher the level of study.
1 6 2 . 3   0 1
Subject area   Level   Course ID number

About electives

Electives are courses that are not compulsory. Certain guidelines are usually provided on courses you may take. Elective courses contribute to the programme, but not to your major or specialisation.

Workload and time management

Use this tool to help determine how much time you will need each week to complete your studies.

Estimate workload

Returning students

For returning students, there may be changes to the majors and minors available and the courses you need to take. Go to the section called ‘Transitional Provisions’ in the Regulations to find out more.

In some cases the programme or specialisation you enrolled in may be no longer be taking new enrolments, so may not appear on these web pages. To find information on the regulations for these programmes go to the Massey University Calendar.

Please contact us through the Enquire button on this page if you have any questions.

Scholarships and awards

There are a number of scholarships available for new and current students. They could relate to your situation, achievement or interest.

Find and apply for scholarships