24 July 2020

Media Release 

Te Wānanga o Raukawa launch new language course via radio

Te Wānanga o Raukawa have launched a new and innovative Māori language course this week. The course – Huia te Reo, focuses on teaching language for use in the home, work place and other every day situations. Huia te Reo runs for 13 weeks and taught on radio, with an online option and is free.

“We congratulate Te Wānanga o Raukawa on this new approach to learning the language. Parents regularly ask us how to access te reo Māori courses for language in the home, at work and every day situations. It is great, it is innovative and it is responding to the many requests of whānau,” says Glenis Philip-Barbara, the Chief Executive of Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori.

 “Speaking the language everyday is pivotal in Māori language revitalisation. The Wānanga’s course focuses on everyday language use, is easily accessible and is free. It makes this a very easy choice to make, particularly if you’re someone who has been meaning to learn the language but just haven’t had the time,” says Glenis Philip-Barbara.

Te Wānanga o Raukawa Chief Executive, Mereana Selby says “Huia te Reo is a component of a wider programme that we offer here. We hope that by offering it as its own course, widening its reach by broadcasting through radio, and condensing the duration, that we’re making the language a lot more accessible and breaking through to a new cohort of learners.”

“We are offering a language course with expert tutors who provide a tried and tested programme of learning that has achievable language outcomes for students. We have no doubt students in this course will enjoy their learning experience with us and will hopefully pursue further study here at Te Wānanga o Raukawa.”

For more information on the course, or to enrol please contact Riria Ropata at 0800 WANANGA ext 838, or visit




Māori Language Week is made possible with the support of:

Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori – Māori Language Commission
Te Puni Kōkiri – Ministry of Māori Development
Te Kāhui Tika Tangata – Human Rights Commission