The purpose of learning a language is to gain the ability to communicate effectively in another language, allowing students to engage with diverse cultures, expand their worldview, and foster connections with people from different linguist backgrounds. During their time at Rangeview, students are introduced to 6 languages –Te Reo Māori, Gagana Samoa, French, Spanish, German, and Mandarin. They learn different linguist structures, vocabulary, and cultural practices and traditions. Students also have to the opportunity to use a variety of digital tools to enhance their language learning experience.

English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

ESOL instruction is to help learner develop their English language proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, and writing. By improving their language skills, ESOL learners gain the ability to understand and express themselves in English for essential communication and engagement. By equipping students with English language proficiency, it helps students access educational opportunities, build positive friendships, and participate in our wider school community.

Te Reo Māori

Learning Te Reo Māori helps students develop an appreciation for Māori language and tikanga (customs). It allows students of all backgrounds to connect with Aotearoa New Zealand’s unique cultural heritage and fosters a sense of identity and belonging. Students use oral, visual, and practical skills to learn pronunciation, vocabulary, and Mahi-ā-Toi. Mahi-ā-Toi is learning about Māori Arts and Crafts and the tikanga related to each craft. Students use natural and manmade mediums to produce work.

Teaching Staff

Teaching Staff

Our Language Department teachers for 2023 are:


Miss Christina Mahakitau – Head of ESOL Department, Spanish

Whaea Rongo Atkins – Te Reo, Mahi-ā-Toi, Pituku, Kapa Haka

Ms Fine Sinisa and Miss Harriet McCarthy – Te Reo

Mrs Niva Tamua – Gagana Samoa

Mrs Nadine Hoskins – German

Mr Kyle Dowse – Mandarin

Mr Grant Richardson and Mr Riccardo Marques – Spanish


Mrs Sharrie MacArthur, Mrs Robyn MacMillian, and Mrs Kelly Carseldine – French