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Te Aho Tātairangi: Bachelor of Teaching and Learning Kura Kaupapa Māori


Prepare to teach and lead in the Kura Kaupapa Māori system

Te Aho Tātairangi is New Zealand’s first university Māori, Te Aho Matua initial teacher education programme.

  • Level

  • Undergraduate, NZQF Level 7
  • Distance learning

  • Available
  • Credits

  • 360
  • Duration

  • 3 year(s) full-time.
  • Other

  • One intake at the start of each year. Selected entry programme.

Note: This programme is covered by the COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Amendment Order 2021. Students are required to provide details of their vaccination status on enrolment.

Ko te manu e kai i te miro nōna te wao tapu nui a Tāne Mahuta. Ko te manu e kai ana i te mātauranga nōna te ao.

The bird that feasts of the miro belongs to the great forest of Tane. The person that draws sustenance from knowledge the world is theirs to conquer.

There is an urgent need for Māori graduates of high quality and particularly Te Reo Māori graduates who can develop the nation's young Māori people.

The Te Aho Tātairangi: Bachelor of Teaching and Learning Kura Kaupapa Māori programme is a three-year degree for future Māori educators i roto i te reo. A full-time programme, this course is designed for competent speakers of Te Reo Māori.

  • Hei whakaū i tō tātou reo i ā tātou tikanga, otirā, hei whakamana i te kōrero nei ka taea ngā mahi katoa mā te reo.
  • He akoranga tēnei mō te toru tau ka mātau ake koe ki ngā ahuatanga:
  • ki te whakapakari i te tamaiti
  • ki te whakapakari i a koe
  • ki te whakapakari i te whānau
  • ko te reo ako, ko te reo rangatira (he whakaaturanga anō mō tēnei tohu).
  • ka whakauru koe ki ngā Kura Kaupapa, Akomanga rumaki, Akomanga reo rua ki te whai i ngā wheako o te pouako. I a koe i konā, ka tu ngaio, ka mau koe ki ngā tikanga o te kura.

The programme meets the requirements of Kura Kaupapa Māori, of Māori language immersion schools and of the teaching profession. You’ll become a well-informed, reflective, skilled and effective kaupapa Māori immersion practitioner. You’ll be able to develop the full potential of all children, with a special focus on Kura Kaupapa Māori, Rumaki Reo and promoting Māori in primary education.

You’ll be knowledgeable in Tikanga Māori, Māori preferred teaching practice (pedagogy) and meet the necessary standards of Māori language fluency. You’ll also learn about the relationship of the New Zealand Curriculum to the learning needs of Māori children.

Careers and further study


When you graduate from this professional initial teacher education programme, you will have the knowledge and skills to enter teaching in New Zealand schools. You will be eligible to apply for registration as provisionally registered teachers with the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand.

You will be highly competent, knowledgeable and skilled as an effective, reflective and creative teacher for Māori immersion settings.

Further study

Upon graduation you will meet the academic requirements necessary to later follow an advanced study at postgraduate level, for instance:

Entry requirements

University admission

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

Programme admission


Te Aho Tātairangi Bachelor of Teaching and Learning Kura Kaupapa Māori is a selected entry programme. This means there are a number of extra requirements you must meet.

To enter this programme, you will:

  • demonstrate a high level of competency in te reo Māori me ōna tikanga
  • demonstrate competence in literacy and numeracy (including but not limited to English)
  • met the requirements set down by the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand for registration as a teacher in New Zealand in terms of good character and fitness to be a teacher.

You will be selected into the programme on the basis of a process which includes an assessment by Massey academic staff. This may also include:

  • an interview
  • te reo and mathematics tests.

You will need to provide the following documents:

  • a school/tertiary institution confidential report, if you are still at school
  • a completed Te Kura Hāpai form
  • a personal statement on why you chose this programme
  • a consent to the disclosure of information for a New Zealand Police check - including two pieces of verified identification (one of which must be photographic)
  • a copy of a police report from every overseas country you have lived in for more than 12 months in the last 10 years
  • a health and disability declaration
  • contact details of two referees
  • verified copies of all academic transcripts for studies taken at all universities other than Massey University.

Application closing date

If you are a new-to-Massey student, applications for this programme close on 7 January 2022.

Late applications may be considered subject to available places and complete documentation.

Contact us through the Enquire button this page if you have any questions.

Other requirements

About the selection process

The first part of the selection process is an assessment of your application.

If the selection committee feels you potentially meet the 'fit character' and 'fit to be a teacher' criteria, you may be invited to an interview. This is the second part of the selection process.


Interviews for Te Aho Tātairangi will be conducted in Māori and on the marae if requested by the applicant. Potential students for this programme are required to have fluency in te reo Māori to a level where they can sustain learning in a total immersion Māori environment. The interview focuses on the following criteria:

  • disposition for teaching
  • communication skills
  • achievement and potential for professional full-time study
  • awareness of teaching and learning in Aotearoa New Zealand
  • school/work/community involvement
  • interests and life experiences.

As part of the selection process, you may be asked to complete any of the selected tests as follows:

  1. a sample from the NCEA 3 Te Reo Rangatira - pānui and tuhituhi external examination, and/or
  2. a te reo Māori test based on a Massey University 100-level (first year) examination to determine your ability to study at Level 5, and/or
  3. a maths test based on the NCEA Mathematics Level 1 examinations.

When you receive notification of your interview you will be advised if you are required to sit any of the above tests.

About your referees

We require two people who can act as referees for you and who are able to provide informed responses on your personal suitability for the programme. A referee should be someone who has known you for one year or more in the capacity of employer, educator, work colleague or person of community standing, ie kaumatua, minister or similar. Your referee should not be a friend, flatmate, relative or someone who has not known you for at least a year. The information your referee supplies via telephone/Skype/Zoom is confidential to those involved in the selection process.

About the documents you need to submit

Te Kura Hāpai form

You are required to ask a Kura Kaupapa Māori that is a member of Te Rūnanga nui o ngā Kura Kaupapa Māori o Aotearoa to act as a Kura Hāpai for you. The role of the Kura Hāpai is to embrace, support and encourage you in your journey to complete your study.

Personal statement

Please supply a statement on why you chose this programme. List any personal characteristics you have that might strengthen your application.

Health and disability declaration

You need to disclose any short or long-term disabilities (including a learning disability), impairment, injury or health issue. If you disclose any disability, health or personal information as part of your application, this will be assessed during the selection process and is confidential to the university staff processing your application.

Safety checks and disclosure of criminal convictions

You will be required to undergo a number of safety checks. This includes police vetting (including confirmation of identity) and further checks required under the Vulnerable Children Act 2014, Vulnerable Children Regulations 2015 and the Children’s Action Plan. You will be required to permit Massey University to ask the New Zealand Police to disclose any information held on the police record system.

You must include two pieces of verified identification with your application (one of which must be photographic).

All documentation needs to be provided prior to the closing date for applications.

You should review the regulations for this programme.

Prior learning, credit and exemptions

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

Courses and planning

Credit summary

360 credits

  • Part One courses – 120 credits
  • Part Two courses – 120 credits
  • Part Three courses – 120 credits

This is a parts-based qualification. This means there are regulations around your completion of Part One before progressing to Part Two, etc.

Courses for this programme

Part One: Te Tau Tuatahi

120 credits
268107 Te Aho Matua Taiao o ngā Kura Kaupapa Māori I 15
268110 Te Hā 15
268120 Tikanga Pāngarau I 15
268121 Te Kupu Tā I - Pānui Tuhituhi i Te Kura Kaupapa 15
268130 Te Irarua 15
268131 Te Aho Matua Marautanga I 30
300111 Te Reo Kōnakinaki: Developing Te Reo 15

Part Two: Te Tau Tuarua

120 credits
268207 Te Taiao mō Te Aho Matua o ngā Kura Kaupapa Māori II 30
268211 Te Tiringa 15
268220 Tikanga Pāngarau II 15
268222 Te Kupu Tā II - Te Pānui Tuhituhi i Te Kura Kaupapa Māori 15
268240 Te Ira Tangata o Te Aho Matua Ko Te Tupu o Te Tangata 15
268241 Te Marautanga o Te Aho Matua o ngā Kura Kaupapa Māori II: ko te tuitui i ngā kaupapa hei marautanga 15
300211 Te Reo Whakanakonako: Embellishing Te Reo 15

Part Three: Te Tau Tuatoru

120 credits
268307 Te Taiao mō Te Aho Matua - te whakarite i te taiao ki te poipoi i te ako i roto i ngā Kura Kaupapa Māori III 30
268310 Te Puanga 15
268320 Tikanga Pāngarau III 15
268322 Te Kupu Tā - Te Pānui Tuhituhi i Te Kura Kaupapa Māori III 15
268340 Te Tino Uaratanga o Te Aho Matua - Ngā Hua o te Ako 15
268341 Te Marautanga o Te Aho Matua o ngā Kura Kaupapa Māori III: ko te tuitui i ngā kaupapa hei marautanga 15
300311 Te Reo Papa: Strengthening Te Reo 15

Planning your programme

Planning overview

Te Aho Tātairangi Bachelor of Teaching and Learning Kura Kaupapa Māori is a parts-based qualification. That means you must complete the first part and meet some requirements, before moving to the second and again to the third.

If you study full-time, you’ll take 120 credits per year or 60 credits per semester.

Due to the specialised nature of this qualification, and as different institutions conduct their programmes in different ways, courses are not always transferable from one to another.

Māori language and Te Aho Matua

A distinctive feature of this degree is that courses are taught using the medium of the Māori language through which students are expected to participate in this language.

The teaching and delivery of all the courses will reflect Te Aho Matua.

Location of study

Although this programme is offered via distance learning, we do require that you are in New Zealand for the entire duration. The programme and practicum placements within it are relevant to the New Zealand curriculum (as it is New Zealand teacher registration that is the ultimate goal) and hence must be done within New Zealand.

Also, as practical and theoretical courses are intertwined you cannot do the theory/pedagogy courses first and then return to do the practical courses at a later date. Without full access to the New Zealand curriculum Te Marautanga o Te Aho Matua you would also be hugely disadvantaged in your assignments.


Teaching practice is a compulsory component of the degree, and you’ll be placed in Kura Kaupapa Te Aho Matua immersion classrooms for the same hours as teachers work, ie, approximately 8.00am - 5.00pm daily. You’ll be required to pass all teaching practice components of the programme and associated course work. You may be required to travel for up to an hour each way for this student practicum. Travel for practica is your responsibility.

  • You should review the regulations for this programme.
  • Contact us if you have any questions.

Typical pattern for Te Aho Tātairangi

Core courses These courses are a compulsory part of your qualification.

Major courses Choose from a selection of courses appropriate for your specialisation.

Minor courses You may choose to pursue study in a second subject area from any Massey bachelor's degree that offers minors.

Elective courses Follow your interests. Your qualification may have selection guidelines for elective courses.

Year one
268.107 Te Aho Matua Taiao o ngā Kura Kaupapa Māori I
268.110 Te Hā
268.120 Tikanga Pāngarau I
268.121 Te Kupu Tā I - Pānui Tuhituhi i Te Kura Kaupapa
268.130 Te Irarua
268.131 Te Aho Matua Marautanga I
30 credits
300.111 Te Reo Kōnakinaki: Developing Te Reo
Year two
268.207 Te Taiao mō Te Aho Matua o ngā Kura Kaupapa Māori II
30 credits
268.211 Te Tiringa
268.220 Tikanga Pāngarau II
268.222 Te Kupu Tā II - Te Pānui Tuhituhi i Te Kura Kaupapa Māori
268.240 Te Ira Tangata o Te Aho Matua Ko Te Tupu o Te Tangata
268.241 Te Marautanga o Te Aho Matua o ngā Kura Kaupapa Māori II: ko te tuitui i ngā kaupapa hei marautanga
300.211 Te Reo Whakanakonako: Embellishing Te Reo
Year three
268.307 Te Taiao mō Te Aho Matua - te whakarite i te taiao ki te poipoi i te ako i roto i ngā Kura Kaupapa Māori III
30 credits
268.310 Te Puanga
268.320 Tikanga Pāngarau III
268.322 Te Kupu Tā - Te Pānui Tuhituhi i Te Kura Kaupapa Māori III
268.340 Te Tino Uaratanga o Te Aho Matua - Ngā Hua o te Ako
268.341 Te Marautanga o Te Aho Matua o ngā Kura Kaupapa Māori III: ko te tuitui i ngā kaupapa hei marautanga
300.311 Te Reo Papa: Strengthening Te Reo

Courses are each worth 15 credits, unless otherwise indicated

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 fluent in te reo Māori
  • want to become a teacher in kura kaupapa Māori
  • want to learn within Te Aho Matua contexts.

Accreditations and rankings

QS ranking - Education

Massey is ranked in the world's top 200 universities for education in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings.

Key information for students

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Review this important information before you apply for this programme. This gives you full details of the rules and regulations about what you need to study and what you must achieve in order to graduate with this qualification. That includes structure, courses and requirements. These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the below.

Undergraduate programmes

General Regulations for Undergraduate Degrees, Undergraduate Diplomas, Undergraduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas and Graduate Certificates.

Postgraduate regulations

General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas and Postgraduate 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.

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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