Te Pōkaitahi Reo Graduate
I came from Germany three-and-a-half years ago for doctoral study at Auckland University. I wanted to learn about the language and culture – for me, that’s what you do when you go to a different country. You can get away with speaking just English, but I wanted to engage with Māori and understand and honour the culture.
I was lucky to get the opportunity to study with Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi at Papatūānuku Kōkiri Marae in Māngere for two years. It was the best thing that could have happened, a game-changer. I had a great teacher. Te Reo is my fourth language so I’ve had a lot of teachers in my time: she is one of the best. Learning at the marae was very special – it got me into Te Ao Māori quickly. We would jump in to help with pōwhiri, applying our learning straight away.
I don’t know where I would be without this te reo journey. It was an incredible experience that has changed my life. I met a lot of my best friends in my te reo class, got involved in maara, kapa haka and raranga, and I have been with Papatūānuku Kōkiri Marae for almost three years. It is a second home for me.
Denise has completed Te Pōkaitahi Reo Levels 2, 3 and 4.
Kimihia he huarahi ako
What can you study?
Te Pōkaitahi Reo Levels 1 to 6
Graduates of these programmes will understand and be aware of te reo that can be used amongst whānau, hapū, iwi and the community as well as in employment. These programmes provide a pathway for developing skills and knowledge to protect, maintain and enrich mātauranga taonga tuku iho for current and future generations from beginners through to intermediate and more advanced levels.