Te reo Māori resources

Links to online resources and websites about te reo Māori, and te reo learning tools.

About te reo Māori

Te reo Māori learning

  • 100 Māori words every New Zealander should know An essential Te Reo list from the Nzhistory.net.nz (Ministry for Culture and Heritage).
  • 365 useful words and phrases in te reo Māori Words and phrases compiled and recorded by Martin Wikaira. Nzhistory.net.nz (Ministry for Culture and Heritage).
  • Te Aka Māori Dictionary Māori-English, English Māori online dictionary that accompanies the Te Whanake Māori language learning course.
  • Te Huinga Raukura Online books that are narrated so learners can hear the reo spoken. These are children's books and there are three different sections depending on the level of reo fluency and reading fluency. Supporting resources like question sheets also available.
  • Karakia - Prayers With English translation and sound files
  • Karakia - prayers An explanation of the role of karakia as well as English translations and sound files, From Te Whare Wānanga o Ōtākou / Otago University.
  • Kīwaha (Sayings) A selection of useful phrases put together by Breens Intermediate.
  • Kōrero Mai Kōrero Mai teaches Māori in an easy, clear and fun way using drama in the form of a soap opera, as well as a tutorial each week to maximise learning.
  • He kupu o te Rā A Māori word of the day.
  • Living by the stars Series of webisodes in te reo Māori from Professor Rangi Mātāmua relating to Māori Astronomy.
  • Māorilanguage.net Site promoting the development of the Māori language through online resources and language tools. Includes video clips, guides to pronunciation, and basic phrases and vocabulary.
  • Māori Language Success CORE Education podcasts on learning te reo Māori.
  • Ngata Dictionary The Ngata Dictionary illustrates the use of Māori and English headwords in sentences and phrases drawn from a wide range of contemporary and traditional contexts. It explains usage as well as meaning.
  • Ōpaki with Pania Papa. This Māori language series hosted by Pānia Papa, uses a range of language learning techniques, games, music and activities in te reo Māori via video or podcast audio.
  • He Papa Panui Two interactive stories with interactive activities to assist with reading comprehension. [Requires Adobe Flash]
  • Punaka Kōrero Online Ngāi Tahu glossary
  • Punaka Kōrero - Kīwaha A selection of Ngāi Tahu colloquial sayings.
  • Punaka Kōrero - Whakatauakī A selection of Ngāi Tahu proverbs.
  • Quia activities Links to online games and exercises to help you learn (or maintain) te reo Māori. Games cover topics such as numbers and places and come in the form of quizzes, letter jumbles, and hangman games.
  • Te Reo Channel Has 100 per cent Māori language programming.
  • Te Reo Māori Language Learning - Māori Television OnDemand Te reo Māori learning programming broadcast by Māori Television and available online.
  • Te reo storybooks Choose from four interactive online stories with Kai Tahu dialect option available. Personalised stories may be printed or saved. [Requires Adobe Flash]
  • Taringa Bilingual podcast. Learn te reo and tikanga Māori in a fun and relaxed way with weekly episodes discussing either kupu (words), iwi (tribes), stories or tikanga (customs and protocols). From Te Wānanga o Aotearoa.
  • Tōku Reo A Māori language learning course for absolute beginners. Designed by Professor John Moorfield, Tōku Reo works with an interactive website to reinforce and encourage further learning.
  • Te Whanake Online This series of online modules complements Te Kākano, the first in the Te Whanake series of textbooks for learning Te Reo Māori. Uses animation and practise exercises to support learning. Books and study guides are also available from the library.

Te reo Māori classes

Te reo Māori initiatives

  • Arareo Māori CORE Education Ratonga Te reo Māori – Te Reo Māori Consultancy Services.
  • Generation Reo Ngāi Tahu outlines strategy and tools for nurturing and saving te reo Māori. Links to online resources and videos.
  • Karanga: Ngā reo o ngā Wāhine Māori In 1995, as part of the celebration of Te Tau o Teo Reo Māori the Ministry of Women's Affairs arranged for Māori women to be interviewed in Te Reo Māori. You can now listen to these interviews online.
  • Kaupapa Māori This site has been developed to make kaupapa Māori resources more widely available to support Māori researchers and academics. There are few research resources written in te reo Māori so the aim of creating the main part of the site in te reo Māori was one of the leading factors in its development.
  • Kotahi Mano Kāika, Kotahi Mano Wawata Kāi Tahu's vision for te reo that by in the year at least 1000 Kāi Tahu families will be speaking te reo within their homes, as the everyday language of communication. This web site supports that vision with online lessons aimed at the beginner to intermediate speaker or to those who are interested in refreshing their knowledge. Lessons and glossaries with audio and video.
  • Te Wiki o te Reo Māori This site looks at the history of Te reo Maori and offers a language learning resource. Te Wiki o te Reo Māori is a time for all New Zealanders to celebrate te reo Māori - the Māori language - and to learn and use more Māori phrases in everyday life.
  • Te Mātāwai “Te reo Māori is restored as a nurturing first language” This is the vision of a new Māori language strategy called the Maihi Māori Strategy that was developed by and for iwi, Māori and Māori language communities. 
  • Ngā Ūpoko Tukutuku Māori Subject Headings Online tool for librarians and archivists providing standard terms for use when describing items in reo Māori.
  • Pātaka Iringa Kōrero Research and publications about Māori Language. From Te Puni Kōkiri, The Ministry for Māori Development.
  • Te Reo o Taranaki A trust formed to manage and co-ordinate a strategic direction for the regeneration and continued development of the indigenous ('reo') Māori language around Taranaki. This strategic direction seeks to lay down a foundation to revitalise and highlight the regional importance of our reo with a strong focus towards social and cultural development.
  • Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori Maori Language Commission Provides information on te reo Māori and lists various resources on this subject
  • Te Whata Raki Explore online with your guide, Whetumarama. Learn about some traditional stories, told through waiata, pictures and other web resources before trying out the quiz

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