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Te Pōkaitahi Reo (Rumaki) (Te Kaupae 5)

Te Pōkaitahi Reo (Rumaki) (Te Kaupae 5)

Level 5

Further enhance Te Reo Māori skills with this total immersion programme
Quick info

Level: 5

Locations: UCOL Manawatū in Palmerston North, UCOL Wairarapa in Masterton

Duration: 1 year, part-time

Palmerston North
Tue 6 - 9pm
and five weekend wānanga marae.

Wed 5:30 - 9:30pm
and five weekend wānanga marae

20 Feb 2023 - 24 Nov 2023

Domestic Fees: *
$0 Fee + Student services levy ($287.50)Scholarship info

International Fees:*
Please enquire for details

Additional Fees
Compulsory course costs may apply.

* Fees are indicative only, and are inclusive of the student services levy and GST (goods and services tax). The fee shown is for one year of study.

This qualification, Te Pōkaitahi Reo (Rumaki) (Te Kaupae 5) New Zealand Certificate in Te Reo (Immersion) (Level 5), is intended for people who would feel confident within a total immersion Te Reo Māori environment . This programme is for those wanting to contribute positively to the development of te reo, or those with a personal and/or professional interest in te reo Māori.

As a graduate of this programme you will be able to communicate independently in te reo and express ideas and theories in a wide range of familiar and some less familiar situations with fluency and flexibility.  In addition to the acquisition of the language, you will have developed technical knowledge in te reo.

 Career & Study Outcomes

Successful graduates of Te Pōkaitahi Reo (Rumaki) (Te Kaupae 5) New Zealand Certificate in Te Reo (Immersion) (Level 5) will have the skills and knowledge to participate in the maintenance and development of te reo amongst whānau, hapū, iwi, and community. Those who wish to further specialise in Te Reo can study Te Pōkairua Reo (Rumaki) (Te Kaupae  5) New Zealand Diploma in Te Reo (Immersion) (Level 5) or Te Pōkaitahi Reo (Rumaki) (Te Kaupae  6) New Zealand Certificate in Te Reo (Immersion) (Level 6)

Extending your Te Reo skills will help you understand and appreciate the significance of Te Reo in your workplace. The ability to listen, speak, and write Te Reo is a valuable skill that many employers seek and could open various employment opportunities in the public and private sectors.

 Course Information

This programme consists 60 credits. The courses includes;

Ngā Whakatakoto O Te Reo Rima: Māori Language Grammar and Syntax (15 Credits)
Kia āhei te tauira ki te whakarea i ngā pūkenga e mātau ai ki te mita o te mana whenua me ētahi atu āhua tauwhāiti ki ngā tūrerenga mā te whakamahi, mā te whakaū, mā te whakaputa anō hoki hei ngā horopaki kua tohua. 

To enable students to become familiar with dialect (including local) and use increasingly complex language patterns in prescribed contexts.

Ngā Kōrero Whakanikoniko: Māori Language Proverbs and Colloquial Sayings (15 Credits)

Kia āhei te tauira ki te whakamahi i ngā mōhiotanga o te here tāngaengae tangata, taiao hoki e hāngai pai ai te whakaputanga o ngā whakaaro i te reo Māori hei ngā horopaki ka tohua. 

To enable students to apply concepts of interpersonal and ecological relationships in order to communicate appropriately in te reo Māori in prescribed contexts.

Te Reo Me Ngā Tikanga I Te Ao Hurihuri: Māori Language and Protocol, Tradition And Evolution (15 Credits)

Kia āhei te tauira ki te whakamahi i tōna reo i tana ako i ngā hononga o ngā kōrero tuku iho ki ngā tikanga me te whakakau haere o ngā mahi i te wā. 

To enable students to use their command of te reo Māori to evaluate traditions, their rationale and changes over time.

Ngā Kōrero Tutaki Tangata, Mihi Whenua: The Language of Interaction And Exchange (15 Credits)

Kia āhei, kia mārama te tauira ki te reo hei ngā huinga hunga ora kia tika ai tana whiriwhiri kōrero, kia tika ai tana whakahaere i a ia anō i ngā mahi, i ngā tūranga ka tau ki a ia. 

To enable students to interpret language used in gatherings of people and conduct themselves appropriately relative to roles in various contexts.

 Learning Facilities

All students have access to the full range of UCOL’s on-site facilities such as the library, Learning Hubs, study areas and computer labs.

 Domestic Entry Requirements

Te Pōkaitahi Reo (Reo Rua) (Te Kaupae 3) or equivalent 


NCEA Level 3 Te Reo Māori,

OR by;

Aromatawai ā-waha, kanohi ki te kanohi with programme lecturer and/or Programme Leader .

English language proficiency
If English is not your first language, you must also demonstrate English language skills equivalent to an IELTS overall band score (academic) of 5.5 with no band score less than 5 (or equivalent including TOEFL). IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form (i.e. combining scores from more than one test is not permissible). UCOL is a TOEFL testing centre.


For more information about NCEA Credits see UCOL's NCEA explained page.

 International Entry Requirements

In addition to the Domestic Entry Requirements, the following applies to international student applicants.

English language proficiency
International student applicants whose first language is not English must have an IELTS Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5 (or equivalent including TOEFL). IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form (i.e. combining scores from more than one test is not permissible). UCOL is a TOEFL testing centre.

Under 20 years of age
In addition to this, international applicants under 20 years of age must have NCEA equivalency.

 Advice & Guidance

This programme is intended for emergent speakers of te reo Māori with an advanced understanding and ability in te reo Māori me ōna tikanga.

Classes are taught one night a week (Wednesday 5:30 - 9:30pm and six weekend wananga marae) over a year.

Recognition of prior learning

Applications for Recognition of Prior Learning, including Cross Credit, Credit Transfer and Assessment of Prior Learning may be made on the Recognition of Prior Learning Form where a student believes all learning outcomes for a course have already been met. Applications will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis in accordance with the UCOL Academic Statute and other relevant policies and procedures.

Application checklist
It will make the process easier if you prepare the following before you apply:

  • National Student Number (NSN) (If you don't have a NSN, you may request one from NZQA, or you can supply a verified copy of your birth certificate, passport or Whakapapa statement.)
  • Evidence of your highest level of academic achievement (and evidence of prior learning, if applicable)
  • Evidence that you meet the entry requirements of the programme
  • Check if you're eligible for additional support or a scholarship. If you're 19 years or younger, you may be eligible to enrol in one of our free Youth Transition programmes.

Note that you will need to provide any verified documents in person, via post or email (not via the online application form)

 Additional Costs



The programme is approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority under the provisions of the Education Act 1989, and Universal College of Learning (UCOL) Trading as Universal College of Learning (UCOL) is accredited to teach it.