Year 9 French prepares students to work at levels one and two of the New Zealand curriculum.

All Year 9 students experience an introductory course which covers learning French through listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. The course aims to be interactive and fun. Many approaches and technologies are used to engage the students and appeal to the different learning styles that they have.

We play many games on the board and using flashcards, watch songs (that are difficult to forget!) and we aim to move around in the classroom and out of it to make the learning dynamic. We also do research and presentations and use various internet sites to learn the language. We have guest speakers from other countries to talk about their language and culture as it gives yet another perspective on the world and language.

Ko tōu reo, ko tōku reo,
te tuakiri tangata.
Tīhei uriuri, tīhei nakonako.

Your voice and my voice are expressions of identity.
May our descendants live on and our hopes be fulfilled.



At Mairehau High School we believe there is great value in being able to learn an official and the indigenous language of our country, Te Reo Māori.

We believe learning Te Reo Māori not only strengthens your career opportunities, but it allows you to explore your own personal world. It provides a means of being able to communicate, and embrace the Māori culture, which is integral to our pride and identity as New Zealanders.

We believe in a kinaesthetic approach to learning in Te Reo Māori. We spend a lot of our time learning through activities that require physical movement, challenge and competition. We do this through activities that require social interactions and collaboration, whilst still addressing each of the language modes of learning; reading, writing, speaking and listening.

Junior Te Reo (Yr 9/10)

We have been extremely fortunate to provide all of our Yr 9 Junior students with a taste of what’s involved in learning Te Reo Māori at High School. Students are given an introductory term where they are exposed to basic sentences structures and tīkanga Māori (cultural customs and traditions) that are associated with their whānau (family).

In Yr 10, Te Reo Māori becomes an option which students can choose and complete for the entire year. Here, we focus more specifically on developing students’ ability to communicate in Te Reo by focusing on topics that are familiar to them such as school, home, sports and the marae.

Senior Te Reo (Yr 11-13)

Senior Te Reo Māori at Mairehau High School focuses more on developing the complexity of students’ abilities to communicate and demonstrate knowledge of tīkanga Māori through speech, writing, listening and reading. Topics covered include recreational activities, famous Māori role models, tangihanga (funerals), Māori creative arts, health and wellbeing, urbanisation, the tourism industry and significant events that have occurred in the past and present.


Studying Te Reo Māori can lead to careers in: Law Commerce (Human Resource Management, Management, Marketing, Business Economics) Health Sciences (Māori and Indigenous Health) Criminal Justice Speech and Language Pathology Social Work Science (Environment Science, Ecology, Biosecurity, Biotechnology, Biological Sciences, Astronomy, Geography) Arts (Te Re Māori, Linguistics, Classics, Cultural Studies, Sociology, Anthropology, History, Māori and Indigenous Studies, Human Services, Geography, Politics, Media and Communication) Teaching (Early Childhood, Primary, Secondary, Tertiary) Sports Coaching He Oranga Tangata (Māori Health and Wellbeing)

Language Staff

Dayna Napa


Jenny Mackenzie


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