Learning te reo Māori

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. 
  • 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: 

Cover of The Complete Māori-English DictionaryCover of Maori phrasebook and dictionary

Te Reo Māori books

See our lists of suggested titles for different ages and abilities

More te reo Māori resources

See also

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