Explore library resources to help with learning and improving your te reo Māori.
Many New Zealanders' first experience with the Māori language comes in the form of greetings.
- A Beginner’s Kete - This resource has simple greetings, some basic kupu (words) and pronunciation guide. A printable version is available for download.
- A mihimihi is a formal greeting that involves people introducing themselves and saying a bit about where they come from. You may need to include Māori versions of place names in New Zealand.
- Māori place names booklist Books that have reo Māori versions of many New Zealand places and geographical features.
Beyond the basics
Each library in our network has a Ngā Pounamu Māori collection which includes Te reo Māori learning titles such as:
- Te reo Māori term and phrase books
- Te reo Māori courses
- Te reo Māori grammar
- Te reo Māori dictionaries
- Te reo Māori proverbs
Te Reo Māori books
See our lists of suggested titles for different ages and abilities
- Tamariki - Te Wiki o te reo Māori 2019 New titles with te reo for kids
- Best Te Reo Māori titles for kids 2013
- Māori stories aimed at older readers
- Māori stories aimed at junior readers
- Māori stories aimed at beginner readers
- Te Reo Māori books by Māori authors (for ages 10-13)
- Favourite picture books in Te Reo Māori from 2012
- Te Reo Māori reading for adults - fiction and non fiction
- Pikihuia Awards for Māori writers
More te reo Māori resources
- Lingogo - Great for beginner and intermediate learners of te reo Māori, download the app to enjoy great stories and immerse yourself in te reo Māori.
- Te Reo Māori courses Search CINCH for community courses in the greater Christchurch area.
- Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori / Māori Language Week Events at Christchurch City Libraries Ngā Kete Wānanga o Ōtautahi.
- Ngā ingoa Māori o Waitaha – Māori place names of Canterbury An online exhibition exploring local places.
- Te Whata Raki Come and discover the new world inside Te Whata Raki. Explore our new online world with your guide, Whetu Marama. Learn about some traditional stories, told through waiata, pictures and other web resources before trying out the quiz.
- Te Reo Māori resources Recommended websites and online learning tools
- Bilingual signs The signage that we use in our libraries - with sound files so that you can hear the pronunciation.
- Library Names The stories of our libraries’ Māori names.