Why study with us?

He aha te take me ako koe i tō mātou taha?

Te Rito Maioha is a leader in early childhood and primary teacher education and knowledge with a range of diploma, degree and postgraduate programmes.

As a top-quality tertiary education provider, we grow teachers, educators, leaders and experts with programmes based on current research, fresh thinking and best practice.

We specialise in bicultural teaching and learning with a flexible blend of online and face-to-face learning and practical real-life experience.

Our students | tauira choose to study with us because

Top rated

You can have absolute confidence in the quality of all our programmes. We are a specialist tertiary education provider with the highest-possible rating from the New Zealand Qualifications Authority. You can read our 2022 EER Report here


You will gain a lot of practical experience early learning centres or schools while studying our early childhood and primary teaching programmes. You’ll be competent, confident and ready to teach as soon as you complete your programme.


You can study and gain qualifications while living and working in your own community with our flexible blend of online and field-based learning.


We welcome and support international students studying our programmes in Aotearoa New Zealand or from overseas. Find more information for international students.


Your learning will be based on the latest research, fresh thinking and best practice nationally and internationally.


You will be supported to build your skill and understanding in te reo me ngā tikanga Māori. We are leaders in bicultural learning and teaching, and our pouako are expert, passionate and committed.


With our 11 regional education centres around Aotearoa New Zealand, you can access face-to-face or online support from highly qualified lecturers and pouako whenever you need it.

You're part of the whānau

When you join Te Rito Maioha, you’re joining a movement advocating for tamariki, kaiako, high quality education and professional development. Our students value being part of te whānau o Te Rito Maioha.

Flexible Study Options

You can study and gain qualifications with us while working in your own community, no matter where you live in Aotearoa New Zealand

Blended learning

Your study will be a flexible blend of online, field-based or face-to-face learning, depending on your programme. You can study full time or part time. 

Online learning

Online learning means you can study and work at the same time from anywhere in Aotearoa, with support from lecturers and pouako, all the resources you need and the flexibility to plan your own time.

You will belong to a connected online community, learning and sharing ideas with other tauira and lecturers and pouako.

You will have access to online course materials and library, the latest research and teaching practice, and support  whenever you need it.

Face-to-face learning

Some programmes include a few days of face-to-face learning such as orientation days, noho marae or block courses.

Noho marae is a powerful part of your bicultural learning and teaching journey. You will experience being on a marae alongside your fellow tauira and lecturers and pouako. You will learn about tikanga and kawa – protocol and practices and their meanings.

Field-based learning

Studying while you work in an ECE service or school means you can put your learning into practice right away.

Everyone studying towards a Level 5 Diploma or teaching qualification will work or volunteer with an early childhood centre, home-based service or school while they study. This is your home centre or field-based school.

If you’re studying a Bachelor of Teaching or Graduate Diploma of Teaching, you will also spend time in other ECE centres or primary schools. These blocks of time are called practicum. You will gain professional experience and practice with mentoring from kaiako and visits from your lecturers and pouako. This prepares you to teach as soon as you gain your qualification, and to continue progress towards gaining full registration.

Offshore learning

You may study some of our online-only programmes from overseas countries within the Pan Pacific region. You will be connected and fully supported by our lecturers and pouako and resources.