If you would like to have greater confidence in pronouncing te reo Maori, and a better understanding Te Ao Maori the Maori World, then this is the course for you. This three-course series is aimed at the beginner level, starting with very simple vowel and consonant pronunciation to get the basics right, and progressing through to how to incorporate te reo into the workplace, Treaty principles, and mihimihi. This course will give you the confidence to get out there and give te reo a go.

Cultural intelligence is one of the most critical skills in business. With a growing Maori population reflected in our workforce, customers and stakeholders, there’s never been a better time to grow your competence and awareness of Aotearoa New Zealand’s unique and rich Maori heritage, culture and language.

Facilitated by Anton Matthews (Te Rarawa, Te Aupouri), owner of local restaurant FUSH, this course starts with the very basics – you won’t be expected to know (or say) anything in te reo initially, with the first course dedicated to learning basic vowel and consonant sounds, understanding macrons, common words and phrases. You will find out how to incorporate te reo into your workplace, and tips on how you can help to normalise te reo in your everyday life.

This series also covers pohiri and waiata, explaining the role of both and what is expected and appropriate at a marae. There is also a focus on understanding tikanga – the customary system of values and protocols that have developed over time and are deeply embedded in the social context. This provides attendees with a greater understand and explanation of the Maori culture and how that is incorporated into the modern workplace. Anton will also provide an overview of Te Tiriti o Waitangi The Treaty of Waitangi and its role and relevance today. 

Towards the end of the series, you will find out more about mihimihi or introductory speeches, including the different approaches and when, where, and what mihi is appropriate, as well as an opportunity to create your own.



Run over three half days:
Session One - Friday 7 May 2021
Session Two - Friday 14 May 2021
Session Three - Friday 21 May 2021


  • Grow your understanding of the value and importance of Maori language and culture, both in and for business
  • Gain a greater awareness of tikanga Maori, as well as Te Tiriti o Waitangi The Treaty of Waitangi, customary practices and behaviours as they relate to the workplace 
  • Develop introductory language skills, including basic pronunciation, important names, greetings, farewells and acknowledgements 
  • Be able to introduce yourself in te reo, in a variety of business contexts.

This course will help you to grow your bicultural competency, with practical advice and steps on how to incorporate key learnings into the workplace. This will help you to better connect with staff, customers and stakeholders, and demonstrate your organisation’s commitment to and support of diversity in the workplace.

Whether you struggle with pronunciation, worry about getting it wrong, don’t know enough to speak te reo regularly, or want to be able to speak te reo with friends or whanau – this is the first step to being able to say “kia ora” with confidence.

Owner of bilingual restaurant FUSH, Anton Matthews, is all about normalising te reo for all Kiwis. Anton has a degree in in Te Reo Maori and Maori Indigenous Studies, and a Graduate Diploma in Teaching at the University of Canterbury Te Whare Wananga o Waitaha, and graduated from top Maori language academy Te Panekiretanga o Te Reo Maori. A natural teacher and presenter, Anton is never more comfortable than sharing his passion for te reo – watch some of his videos here. You can also read more about Anton’s background, including winning the Emerging Leader Award at the 2019 Westpac Champion Business Awards in this Update article.


Member Price: $720 + GST
Non-Member Price: $1440 + GST
(this price is non-refundable)
7/05/2021 9:00 AM - 21/05/2021 12:30 PM

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