This paper discusses the benefits of a Māori immersion programme known as ‘Te Reo Hāpai' that leads to a tertiary level Foundation Certificate. The programme was established in accordance with partnership principles of the Treaty of Waitangi and reflects culturally responsive teaching pedagogies consistent with Kaupapa Māori (Māori philosophies). Three students and their teacher write about experiences encountered while studying within Te Reo Hāpai showing their opportunities for engagement and transformation.

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