At Otamatea High School students are offered the opportunity to learn Te Reo Maori, Japanese and German.

Why learn a language?

Te Reo Maori

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. 

Te Reo Māori is taught in Years 7 and 8 as a full year course in which students learn in the whare wānanga one hour per week and build on their prior knowledge.

In Year 9, for a 20 week course Te Reo Māori focuses more on tikanga and the importance of the marae as a focal point for Te Ao Māori.

A full year course is offered in year 10 in which students are starting to gain more confidence in speaking, listening and writing in Te Reo Māori.

NCEA Level 1, 2 and 3 Te Reo Māori courses have literacy and university reading and writing credits attached to the course.

Māori Performing Arts is a core part of the Māori course and means that students can utilise their skills in a practical manner.

Whakairo, mau rākau and kōwhaiwhai are also practical ways in which students can celebrate their Māoritanga.


Japanese        今日は

Learn everyday conversation.

Learn about the land and it's culture.

Take a trip to Japan to experience the language and culture first hand.

Depending on student numbers, Japanese can be taken as an NCEA subject.


Mandarin Chinese   你们好

Chinese is offered to all year 7 and 8 students

Learn basic greetings, how to introduce themselves and others, how to express likes and dislikes.

Learn cultural practices makinglinks and comparisons to their own.

Learn about the sound and writing systems of Chinese.

This course is designed to lead to an NCEA course in Chinese.