Previously called the Whangamatā Community Services Trust, in July 2022 we changed our name to reflect the area we serve.

Te Reo Māori Classes

Whangamata Community Marae Trust and Eastern Coromandel Community Services Trust are collaborating to offer Te Reo classes for Term 2 and 3! 


Level 1 - Beginner, suitable for those who are brand new to learning Te Reo or have a little knowledge to build on. There will be 2 beginner groups so one will be absolute beginners and the other will be those with some experience.  

Level 2 - Intermediate, suitable for those who have studied Te Reo before or who have some prior knowledge to build on. For intermediate level you need to be relatively proficient with pronunciation and have some vocab to work with. 

Subject material will cover te reo Māori, plus tikanga practices, a Noho Marae visit (tbc), the importance of knowing your whakapapa (so that you can create and deliver your own pepeha), plus there will be lessons on the history of the whenua and local places of significance.

Whānau friendly, children welcome.

Refreshments will be available and a shared dinner the first and last day of Term.


Our classes have begun. To join our waitlist for the next classes email 


Whangamata Area School.


Thursdays Term 2 and 3

  • 11th May – 21st September 2023

  • 5pm – 7pm

  • Fortnightly classes for Level 1 Beginners due to high demand.

  • Weekly classes for Level 2 Intermediate.

  • Ryan and Tui will allocate the beginners into the 2 classes on the first session based on ability.

  • Class dates attached below.


The cost of the lessons is by koha – if you can afford the full cost for the class, then the cost is $10 per lesson. If you cannot afford the fee, but still wish to participate then you are welcome – you can choose what you can afford to pay. We do not want cost to be a barrier to participation.

You can pay a koha, pay as you go, part or full payment, directly to Whangamata Community Marae Trust – Account Number 02-1254-0035793-000 or pop into the Eastern Coromandel Community Services office for donations.

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