Te Reo


Māori Dictionary

Do you want to learn Te Reo Māori but don't want to go back to school?

Since July 2013 we have provided an easy access, non threatening learning environment for an Introduction to the Te Reo Māori Language night classes on Wednesday and Thursday. These classes are run during the standard College School Terms.

This was a vision of the previous Morrinsville Baptist Pastor Phillip (Piripi) Pawley who was passionate about reaching the Māori community and learning about thier culture.

Our lessons include some tikanga , whakapapa (family tree), mihi (welcome speeches), himene/waiata (hymns/songs), Karakia (prayer), we also have a traditional hangi planned for March and a visit to one of the kaiako (tutor) marae in September.

We do not charge for the classes but invite people to share in the costs by giving a koha (Donation).

Our goal is to help people gain a love for the language, by enabling them to learn proper pronunciation, direction of speech, greetings, how to say a mihi and share their pepeha.

There are three classes offered at different levels of learning.

Our Beginners Class (Takahē), Working in WorkBook 1

Suits those with little or no knowledge of the language and concentrates on pronunciation, direction of speech, basic sentence structures, and some whakapapa.

Our Intermediate Class (Ruru), Working in Workbook 2

Suits those with a basic knowledge and takes the above mentioned further with more sentence structures and includes learning to say a mihi and share their pepeha.

Our Advanced Class (Tui) Working in workbook 8

Are mainly made up of past students from the last 3 years, who haved worked through Workbook 1 to Workbook 8 (currently on workbook 8), learning more sentece structures and combining them with others, to make longer sentences, the Classes begin and end with waiata and karakia and terms 2 and 4 usually conclude with a hakari (feast).

Our kaiako is Tūrangawaewae Kiwi (Tū), who hails from Tauranga Moana.

The kai-awhina (helpers) are Mark (Maaka) Flintoff and the Reti whanau (family) Starr, Raine, Samuel and Skye.

To register your interest in joining a class, please contact class organisor, Mark Flintoff by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 07 8895683.

Note: The cut-off date for accepting new students is 21st Feb for the Wednesday night Intermediate and Advanced classes and 22nd Feb for the Thursday night Beginners class.