Learn Cook Islands Māori for free*

New Zealand Certificate in Pacific Language (Cook Islands Māori) (Level 4)

Programme highlights

Pacific languages have a very important place in New Zealand not only for Pasifika people but also for people who work professionally with Pasifika people and who want to improve their communication with their clients. 

This programme in Te Reo Māori Kūki ‘Āirani (the Cook Islands Māori language) will develop your skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing, but it will also put this language in its cultural context.

For Cook Islands Māori people who were raised in New Zealand, this is a chance to increase fluency in your language and learn more about your culture.

This programme is aimed at students who have an intermediate understanding of the Cook Islands Māori language and who wish to develop these skills.

Key facts

Start month(s)


Study location(s)

MIT Ōtara

Level 4
Domestic fees


Youth Guarantee (fees-free*) Not available
Programme code NZ3771

Part-time for 1 year (32 teaching weeks), evenings plus two Saturdays.
The maximum time to complete this programme is 4 years.

Study method


Credits 60
International fees Not available to international students
Māori and Pasifika Trades Training Scholarship (fees-free*) Not available
Qualification leads to

New Zealand Certificate

Study pacific languages at MIT

Entry requirements


Open entry for domestic students

Some language knowledge is required.

International students: English language entry requirements

For the minimum English language requirements refer to the requirements set out in the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules https://www.nzqa.govt.nz/providers-partners/qa-system-for-teos/english-international-students/

International students will generally be required to provide evidence of English language proficiency, for this programme an IELTS General or Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5 is required. Equivalent acceptable evidence can be seen at the following NZQA link:  https://www.nzqa.govt.nz/about-us/our-role/legislation/nzqa-rules/nzqf-related-rules/the-table/

Programme structure

You will need to complete the below four courses (60 credits):

830.410 My surroundings (Cook Islands Māori) (15 credits)

Learn to apply respectful terms in Cook Islands Māori to close surroundings.

830.411 My family (Cook Islands Māori) (15 credits)

Learn to apply formal language in family contexts.

830.412 My community (Cook Islands Māori) (15 credits)

Learn to apply formal language to different communities.

830.413 Culture (Cook Islands Māori) (15 credits)

Learn to develop and apply a deeper understanding of the Cook Islands Māori language and culture.

Key dates and timetables

To find the key dates and timetables of this programme, please view the languages calendar.

Information is correct as at February 2021. Programme fees are based on a full-time student and may vary depending on your final selection of courses that make up your programme. To provide you with an indication of costs, the approximate fees quoted in this publication are based on the indicative 2021 fee structure. The indicative programme fees for 2021 do not include the Compulsory Student Services Fee (CSSF). The CSSF is an additional levy to your 2021 programme or course fees. Further information about the CSSF can be found here www.manukau.ac.nz/cssf. Programmes stated as eligible for free study in 2021 are based on the 2020 fee structure and subject to funding confirmation for 2021. All fees are in New Zealand Dollars. You will be advised of the current fees at the time of enrolment. All courses and programmes will proceed subject to numbers and academic approval. Manukau Institute of Technology Limited is accredited under the provisions of the Education Act 1989. International students must study in class and will not be able to enrol for online study options.