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Te Ūranga Waka

‘Piki ake, kake ake i te toi huarewa, te ara o Tāwhaki, i piki ai ki runga’.

The need to learn and speak the Māori language is greater than ever before.

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Certificate in Māori Studies (Level 4)

With this certificate you’ll further develop (from Level 2 certificate) your Māori language skills in conversational reo to an intermediate level. You’ll also increase your knowledge of Tikanga Māori in both traditional and contemporary settings.

This programme builds on the knowledge gained with the Level 2 certificate. With a greater focus on language, this programme is delivered in both English and te reo Māori.

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Melanie Tahata, Bachelor of Arts (Māori) – Te Whakangungutanga Ki Ngā Tāiro a Kupe Graduate

A desire to have her son grown up surrounded by his own language saw Melanie Tahata complete the National Certificate in Te Reo which led to the Bachelor of Arts in Te Reo Maori.

“I enjoyed learning about the language and the history – especially the local history,” says Melanie, who also has a Bachelor of Fine Arts to her credit.

It’s been a juggle for this solo mum, who was running her own creative business while doing her degree but she has no regrets.

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Professor Roger CA Maaka

My original research contribution to Māori Knowledge & Development has been in two main areas, urbanisation and tribalisation.  Urbanisation as a phenomenon has received little serious attention outside of the work Joan Metge in the 1960s. There has been a tendency to treat urbanization as the antithesis of traditional Māori life even though 80% of Māori live in an urban situation.

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Te Uranga Waka on Facebook

Te Ūranga Waka lecturers and students communicate, share and keep in touch via Facebook.  If you are interested in studying Māori at EIT check out what's happening or chat online with students and staff on Facebook.

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Te Ūranga Waka Haka Wars 

EIT Te Ūranga Waka students annually hold a fun and entertaining haka war.  Certificate and degree students select and practice cultural songs and hakas and compete in a live performance to friends and family.

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