Māori │Te Reo Māori

Find online resources to help you learn and practise Māori.

Language learning hubs

These websites offer a large variety of language learning materials across all skills and all levels of difficulty. 

Te Whanake Online
This site supports the Te Whanake series of Maori textbooks with podcasts and animated movies to introduce the language, and provide exercises, activities, roleplays etc. The LLC holds the books (Te Kākano, Te Pihinga, Te Māhuri and Te Kōhure) for this series  in its Self-access Library.

Listening

Tōku Reo
A language learning TV series based on the Te Whanake language course. The website includes access to the episodes, podcasts and other interactive features.

Rays of Sound/Nga Parangeki Ihiihi
An audio book-shelf featuring voice recordings of stories for children and youth, digitized from the LLC's own collection. The corresponding books are all available in the LLC's Self-access Library.

Waiata Māori Songs
Listen to many beautiful waiata and haka and view their transcripts.

Māori Television
Watch the latest programmes on Māori Television On Demand, find programme times on our schedule, be informed by the latest news and more at Māori Television.

Te Karere
Te Karere is New Zealand-Aotearoa's longest running news service delivered entirely in Te Reo Māori.

Waka Huia
Waka Huia is an award winning iconic Te Reo Māori archival documentary series. Waka Huia celebrates stories from throughout the Māori world.

Reading

Māori storybook
Learn te reo through making your own te reo e-book.

Te Huinga Raukura
Practise what you know with children flipbooks with audio and activities to download in pdf format.

Writing

Māori Macron Restoration Service
Adds macrons to Māori text as you type or by file upload, from the University of Waikato.

Vocabulary

Te Reo Māori at Victoria booklet pdf8.8MB
Learn the correct names of Victoria's faculties, schools and job positions as well how to use Māori in official correspondence such as emails and creating bilingual business cards.

Kei Roto i te Whare
This booklet of Māori language for use at home contains lots of practical language to use with children in situations such as waking up, feeding, washing, play, giving praise etc.

365 words and phrases in Te Reo Māori
A basic list of vocabulary with audio for words and phrases grouped by the following categories: holidays and anniversaries; days, months and seasons; the marae; greetings; protocols, roles, emotions and characteristics; families and people; places; numbers; the natural world; sport; iwi; government organisations; food and drink; body parts; shops, buildings, rooms and transport.

He Kupu o te Rā
Sign up to the Kupu o te Rā is a word of the day service by entering your email address. Each word comes with a number of example sentences.

Grammar 

Making Māori Sentences pdf15MB This book sets out the basic parts or ‘building blocks’ that make up phrases and sentences in Māori. It provides explanations of aspects of the structure of simple sentences for beginners learning Te Reo Māori.

Dictionaries

Te Aka Dictionary Online
From the Te Whanake series.

Ngata Dictionary
Created by Learning Media Te Pou Taki Kōrero.

Te Ara
Comprehensive online encyclopedia of New Zealand written in Māori presenting a guide to the country’s peoples, natural environment, history, culture, economy, institutions and society. For the English version, click here.

Māori Language Wikipedia
A free encyclopedia that anyone can edit, with an emerging range of articles.

Ngā Ingoa o Aotearoa
An oral dictionary of Māori place names. Accompanies series of three booklets in the LLC's Self-access Library.

Legal Māori Resource Hub
A new bilingual tool to find legal terms in Te Reo Māori, see patterns as to how words are used, browse contemporary and historical Māori language texts and look up word meanings.

Culture

Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori (Māori Language Commission)
This organisation is responsible for promoting the use of Māori as a living language; promoting standards of writing and spoken Māori; administering examinations for people wanting formal certification as translators and interpreters; as well as expanding the Māori language by creating words to describe new objects and concepts.