Te Reo Classes

Te Reo online classes & face to face classes

Ngati Makino Heritage Trust, in association with Te Taura Whiri i Te Reo Maori implemented the “Community Based Language Initiative” taking learning of our "reo tupuna" into our homes and onto the marae.

This initiative has enabled us to establish weekly "Centres of Ako' sessions throughout our our rohe as an opportunity for members to increase their capacity and capability with Te Reo using Te Ataarangi method of learning.

As an enhancement to, and in support of our weekly Te Ataarangi classes participants also committed to attending monthly noho wānanga held at Otamarākau Mārae.

The kaupapa for the wānanga, ‘hui rumaki reo’ or total immersion for the duration of the wānanga. Participants are encouraged to “korero kei roto i te reo Māori i nga wa katoa” (speak te reo all the time).

This is a learning environment where participants are learning together. Everyone is encouraged to be supportive, reassuring and understanding to fellow participants at all times.

Te Ataarangi

For over 35 years, Te Ataarangi has been at the forefront of Māori Language Revitalisation.

Te Ataarangi is well-known for the use of coloured Cuisenaire rods as a learning tool. It's an effective language-learning technique that encourages you to speak. It has supported more than 50,000 people to speak Māori in homes and communities.

“It takes only one generation to lose a language and at least three generations to restore that language"

Our language revitalisation initiatives focus on:

  • Working to support the Māori language being spoken naturally between generations every day, and in the home

  • Growing the number of competent speakers

  • Supporting groups of people with a shared interest to come together to speak Māori

  • Accommodating local and regional language differences

How can Te Ataarangi assist you?

A number of strategies are needed to achieve successful language revitalisation. You can participate in initiatives that focus on re-establishing the Māori language as the principal language of the home, family, neighbourhood and wider community. Every step, no matter how small, is one step closer to ensuring the survival of our language.

  • Community-based classes - informal language classes run in various locations throughout the country.

  • Te Ataarangi in the Workplace - in-house language classes for your staff.

  • Kāinga Kōrerorero - supporting language development in the home between all members of the family.

  • Regional Immersion Hui - aligned with regional language plans with a focus of strengthening local identity.

  • National Community Hui - held annually for immersion groups to participate in workshops.

  • Developing Speaker Communities - working with communities to increase the use of Māori language.

Meet our Pouako and Pouawhina

Taati Williams


Online Classes / Face to Face Classes

  • Tuesdays 6pm - 8pm (Beginner Online)

  • Wednesday 6pm - 8pm (Intermediate Online)

  • Thursday 6pm - 8pm (Beginner Face to Face)


Face to face classes is Level 1, 1108 Fenton Street, ROTORUA

Ariana Waiari


Face to Face Classes

  • Mondays 5.30pm - 7.30pm (Advanced)

  • Tuesdays 6pm - 8pm (Beginner)


Putauaki Primary School, 87-89 Fenton Mill Road, KAWERAU

Maringirangi Pohatu


Online Classes

  • Thursdays 6pm - 8pm (Advanced)

Luxmi Williams


Online Classes

  • Tuesdays 6pm - 8pm

  • Wednesday 6pm - 8pm

  • Thursdays 6pm - 8pm