Te Ao Māori For Professionals Course: FAQs

Invest in cultural competence and celebrate Te Reo and Te Ao Māori in your organisation! Facilitating inclusivity and diversity helps to stimulate growth and build success in an increasingly competitive market.

This article outlines information about the EP Te Ao Māori for Professionals course. We’ll cover frequently asked questions and information on how to get started.

Kete Kōrero - Course Learning Modules 

Our Professionals course comprises of 3 principle Kete Kōrero or Kits of Knowledge. Within each Kete Kōrero is a dedicated selection of Muka (learning modules) with a range of topic specific akoranga (lessons) covering and unpacking essential language and cultural lessons. 

Each Kete Kōrero contains vocabulary, comprehension, writing and speaking activities. They are broken up into scaffolded blocks so that they are appropriate for beginner and intermediate level learners, without the need for an expert in Te Reo Māori to guide them.

These include: 

  • Te Whakahuatanga: Pronunciation
  • He Mihi: General greetings and Introductions
  • Ngā Ritenga: General Etiquette
  • Ngā Kare ā-roto: Feelings and Asking How Someone Is
  • Mihimihi: Speeches of Greeting and Interrelationships
  • Pōwhiri, Mihi Whakatau: Formal and Informal Encounters
  • Aotearoa NZ Histories: Te Tiriti o Waitangi and Matariki etc
  • Te Reo o te Tari: Office Language
  • Wetereo: Grammar
  • Ngā Whakataukī me ngā Kīwaha: Proverbs and Idioms
  • and much more…

Note: Learning material is constantly being revised & updated (based on feedback & needs).

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How can I sign up?

Sign up information (including pricing) can be found on our website here

Alternatively, meet with us to chat about your team's requirements.

Getting Started

  1. Once registration and enrolment is complete, participants will be issued with account credentials.
  2. Participants will log in to the EP platform using their student account credentials.
    1. You can also log in via our app EP Student - available for free download on your Apple or Android mobile device.
  3. Upon first login, they will be prompted to set a secure password.
  4. Next, click on the Māori subject tile and then Browse all content.

Māori subject tileBrowse all content

  1. Here, participants will find 3 Kete containing Muka which will house scaffolded, topic-specific lessons. Start learning by accessing the Begin your journey HERE folder. 

Onboarding lesson

  1. Following the completion of the short onboarding lesson inside, participants can work through lessons within Kete 1-3. We recommend following the order of the lessons as they are laid out, as work becomes more complex as lessons are completed.

Course completion

In order for participants to complete the Te Ao Māori for Professionals course and access their certificates, they'll need to complete all Smart Lessons in each folder to 100% (they'll see a green tick).

Student zone view showing progress within a folder

In addition to the compulsory Smart Lessons (identified by the yellow icons), participants can extend their learning by engaging in the optional Vocabulary lessons (identified by a blue icon) which allow users to access five unique Learning Modes to refine their Māori language recall, pronunciation, speaking and listening skills.

Translation list example

Micro-credentials & Certificate of Completion

We offer micro-credentials to our course participants. When you have completed the contents of a particular Kete Kōrero a certificate will be automatically issued to you (these are issued at the beginning of each week). 

Once received, a participant has the ability to download their certificate and instantly share on social media platforms. There are 3 micro-credentials on offer, one for each Kete Kōrero.

Once you have completed all requirements of the course (all 3 Kete Kōrero), your efforts will be acknowledged with a Certificate of Completion. These awards can then be used as evidence of your professional development in this area.


Can a nominated employee within our company facilitate our involvement in the course? 

Yes! An employee or senior leader who overlooks the professional development of kaupapa Māori within your organisation can be set as an administrator (however this is not essential - EP can facilitate and manage your employees' involvement in our course). 

If the option of using an in-house facilitator is chosen, they will be able to check staff progress, assign tasks to their colleagues from the Te Ao Māori course and also reset passwords for their team, if needed.

What are Smart Lessons & Vocabulary Lists on EP? 

Smart Lessons are our scaffolded learning activities. These lessons are indicated by a Yellow Lightbulb icon. Within these lessons, you will find Information slides with the Learning Outcomes for the lesson, an introduction to any new terms, sentence structures and concepts and a range of interactive questions to consolidate this knowledge. 

Vocabulary Lists (or Translation Lists) are a list of new vocabulary for a particular topic. These are identified by a Blue Icon. There are 5 Learning Modes that you can choose to learn new words when working through a Vocabulary List: Reading, Listening, Dictation, Writing & Speaking. 

Do I need to complete the lessons in the course marked as ‘Optional’? 

No. These lessons are purely there as an extension or additional challenge once you have completed the core requirements of the course. 

What do I do when I've finished the course? 

Firstly check and ensure you have completed all Smart Lessons in each module. Your certificate will be issued to you automatically at the beginning of the following week if all requirements have been met. 

If you have any questions regarding certification, please reach out to our team.

Who wrote the content? 

The majority of the content for our Te Ao Māori courses has been written and produced by our Head of Kaupapa Māori, Te Rau Winterburn and Te Awe Davis our Māori Strategy Implementation lead. 

Te Rau is a Primary trained level 1 immersion teacher and has over 15 years of experience working in Māori-medium settings from Primary through to University & Wānanga levels. Te Rau is of Ngāti Raukawa ki te Tonga, Ngāi Tahu and Ngāti Kahungunu descent. 

Te Awe Davis is also trained in Māori Medium Education, teaching and sharing mātauranga Māori within ECE centres through to Primary, Secondary and Tertiary education spaces. Te Awe is of Ngāti Hine, Ngāti Manu and Ngāti Kahungunu decent.

Please reach out to our Support Team if you have any further questions about this course.

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