Language Learning Options
Māori Language Policy
There are a number of options available to University of Otago staff to learn Te Reo Māori, the Māori language, and further extend their language skills. The University provides a 100% subsidy on fees for Māori language papers where an application to do so has been approved (for more on this, refer to the University’s Māori Language Policy).
Study Te Reo Māori Papers
Listed below is a list of Stage 1 language papers you can enrol for through Te Tumu.
Attend Wānanga or Hui
Contact staff in Te Tumu for more information on where and when Wānanga Reo (Weekend immersion) or Kura Reo (Intensive week-long immersion hui) are being held throughout the year.
Using Māori language in the University - booklet
A useful resource for staff who are learning te reo Māori and want to practice what they know is, "Using Māori Language in the University". This booklet was developed to help staff incorporate some Māori language into their everyday life, as well as the wider life of the University.
Café Reo - informal learning for beginners, and for more advanced speakers
Cafe Reo provides an opportunity to learn some basic language in an informal, small group setting, practice the language you already know, or extend on your reo, depending on your language level.
In recent years, a centralised language learning 'nest' has been run in different formats for all staff. This has included informal gatherings over lunch to kōrero Māori, and classroom learning with a fluent Māori language speaker in an informal setting.
In 2014, Divisions and Departments are initiating their own language learning opportunities, from informal lunch time sessions, to workshops with an introduction to the language.