More than 500 teachers and support staff have graduated from Te Ahu o te Reo Māori as the Government attempts to integrate Te Reo Māori into schools by 2025.
Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis said the programme Te Ahu o te Reo Māori "has always been about strengthening the education workforce to use te reo Māori regularly and correctly".
The Government earlier pledged $12 million to further 700 people's te reo in the education sector.
"Now 527 people have already graduated with a good grasp of te reo and even better, they’ll be using it every day in our early learning centres and classrooms; making it the norm," Mr Davis said.
Another 120 participants are going through the Te Ahu o te Reo Māori programme beginning this month.