Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori is entitled to award the following certificates of competency:

(a)    competency in translation

(b)    competency in interpretation

(c)    competency in translation and interpretation

The Māori Language Act 2016 renews the duty and responsibility of Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori to provide training and examinations for Te Toi Reo Māori. 

Te Toi Reo Māori 2019

Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori is authorized under the Māori Language Act 2016  to certify high-level, translation and interpretation skills through the award of Toi Reo Māori. In order to fulfill this aim, three training courses will be held to strengthen and further develop these skills, in Māori and English. Topics to be studied include:

  • theories, quality criteria, assessments, orthographic conventions
  • bilingual signage
  • reports for schools, businesses, community et cetera
  • media releases, advertisements
  • oral interpretation in English
  • oral interpretation in Māori.

These courses will be held at Te Wāhanga Māori, Te Aho a Māui (Eastern Institute of Technology), 51 Gloucester Street, Taradale, Napier

TRAINING COURSE 1                                                 2-3 March 2019

TRAINING COURSE 2                                                 6-7 April 2019

TRAINING COURSE 3                                                 4-5 May 2019

EXAMINATION                                                            18-19 May 2019


For more information contact: Janine@tetaurawhiri.govt.nz, lee@tetaurawhiri.govt.nz


What qualifications are required for entry to Toi Reo Māori?

Māori as a first language and an excellent knowledge of English

How often are Toi Reo Māori examinations held?

There are two examinations a year, in May and December

Who organises Toi Reo Māori?

Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori is entitled under schedule 6 of the Māori Language Act 2016 ‘to award certificates of competency in the translation and interpretation of the Māori language’.

What preparation is provided to achieve the necessary standard?

There’s a pre-entry translation requirement. Accepted students must attend three week-end long training courses

Is attendance compulsory?

No, but highly recommended

Can I do the training courses online?


Is Toi Reo Māori recognised on the NZQA Framework?

No but negotiations are in progress

Can I use my regional or tribal dialect?

No. Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori promotes a standard form of Māori, agreed to by experts and used in most dictionaries, grammars, education, broadcasting and public sector agencies  

Is there a fee?

No. There are no costs for tuition, course resources, meals, accommodation

Is there an internal assessment?

Yes. There are three written translation and oral interpretation assessments

What’s the pass mark for Toi Reo Māori?

The pass mark is 80%.

What shall I bring to the training courses?

A laptop, on-line or hard-copy dictionaries, notebook; blankets et ceterā for sleeping over

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