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Our Services

Ako Academy is passionate about working alongside individuals and organisations to build cultural competency in a mana enhancing way. 

We provide a fun and safe learning experience that builds cultural competency and confidence with te reo and te ao māori. 

Te Reo Māori

Grow your confidence and skills in Te Reo Māori in a safe, mana-enhancing environment!

Cultural Competency Workshops

We offer a range of workshops aimed at raising cultural understanding and competency!

Cultural advisory

Increase your cultural capabilities with through cultural advisory

Te Reo Māori

Te Reo Māori

Here at Ako Academy, we understand that opening yourself up to learn something new can be a big step. We provide a safe, non-judgmental, mana enhancing learning environment.

1:1 tutoring

Progress at your own pace with a tailored program to suit your individual learning needs. Perfect for busy individuals! 

Group Classes

Join at interactive group class and learn alongside friends and colleagues!

Our Courses

We currently offer three levels of Te Reo Māori. Our courses generally run for 8 weeks, 1 hour per week. These courses can be tailored to meet the needs of your organisation. 


All participants will receive an Ako work book, access to the course vocabulary learning site/app , and a recording of each class throughout the course. 

Te Kākāno - Level 1

Te Kākano is our foundation Te Reo Māori programme.


Content covered in this course:


  • Te Ao Māori / The Māori world 

  • Tikanga and kaupapa Māori and it’s appropriate use in our modern day world

  • Correct Pronunciation of Te Reo Māori 

  • The importance of place names

  • Introducing yourself and others

  • Communicating personal information

  • Mihimihi, greetings, farewells, and acknowledging others

  • An opening and closing karakia suitable for use at various events

Te Rito - Level 2

Te Rito is our advanced beginners Te Reo Māori programme.


Content covered in this course:


  • Numbers

  • Time

  • Days, weeks, seasons

  • Describing people and things

  • Beginner level conversation

  • Maintaining correct pronunciation

  • An opening and closing karakia suitable for a variety of occasions

Te Puawai - Level 3

Te Puawai is our intermediate Te Reo Māori programme. 

Content covered in this course:

  • Conversation with confidence

  • Communicating about events past, present, and future

  • Communicating about daily habits and routines

  • Sustaining correct pronunciation

  • Reciting an opening and closing karakia without prompt

Other services

Cultual Advisory
Te Tiriti o Waitangi



Ako Academy's workshops are centred on enhancing cultural competency. These specialised sessions provide valuable insight into Māori culture, promoting a deeper understanding of Te Ao Māori ( The Māori World). Through our engaging workshops, your team can develop the necessary skills to foster inclusivity and effectively engage with Māori stakeholders and communities.


Workshops we deliver include:

  • Te Tiriti o Waitangi 

  • Tikanga Māori (Māori Protocols)

  • Cultural Competency in the workplace

  • Culturally Competent Classrooms

  • Leading Cultural Change

  • Intercultural Communication

Cultural Advisory

We would love to have a kōrero with you about how we can support your organisation, build and grow cultural capabilities in a meaningful way. 

Some areas we can assist are:

  • Policy

  • Kaupapa and Values 

  • Tikanga Māori

  • Cultural and language planning and strategizing 

  • Cultural Competency 

  • Cultural Audit

  • Mentoring and advice

Professional Supervision 

Supervision is essential for people-facing roles seeking support, mentorship, and cultural expertise to enhance their practice's impact. As a cultural supervisor, the space is co-created and mana-enhancing, focusing on collaborative reflection and finding solutions that empower the supervisee. It provides opportunities for self-reflection, development of capabilities, and prioritization of wellbeing, ensuring accountability for informed decisions. Suitable for those aiming to maximize their potential, supervision offers guidance and support throughout the reflective process.


Ngā mihi i tō tono mai - Thank you for your request!

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