Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori

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Library resources for learning te reo

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A Māori Phrase A Day

by Hmi Kelly


This book offers a fun and easy entry into learning te reo Māori. As you progress through the 365 phrases, you will learn:

- Everyday uses
- English translations
- Factoids
- Handy word lists
Presenting the most common, relevant and useful phrases today, A Māori Phrase a Day is the perfect way to kickstart your te reo journey.
Available in print and e-Book.
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Māori At Home: An everyday guide to learning the Māori language

By Scotty and Stacey Morrison


This is a highly practical, easy and fun resource for everyday New Zealanders. It covers the basics of life in and around a typical Kiwi household. Whether you're practising sport, getting ready for school, celebrating a birthday, preparing a shopping list or relaxing at the beach, Māori at Home gives you the words and phrases, and the confidence, you need.


Available in print and e-Book.
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Ngā Pēpeha a ngā Tīpuna - The Sayings of the Ancestors

By Sidney M. Mead


Winner of the Reference and Anthology category of the 2002 Montana NZ Book Awards, Ngā Pēpeha a ngā Tīpuna is a collection of more than 2500 "sayings of the ancestors". Neil Grove and Hirini M. Mead spent more than twenty years collecting and compiling these pēpeha from all over Aotearoa New Zealand.

Pēpeha are not just proverbs; the term includes charms, witticisms, figures of speech and boasts. Neither are they historical relics; they feature in the formal speeches heard every day on the marae, and in the oral literature handed down from past generations.

The pēpeha also provide a rich source of language. Their use of metaphor and their economy of words show language that enriches the textbook Māori of today.




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Te Reo Māori: The Basics Explained

By David Kārena-Holmes


A simple but thorough guide to the building blocks of grammar in te reo, showing how to create phrases, sentences and paragraphs. After an introductory chapter on pronunciation and written forms of the language, 17 chapters introduce the main base words, particles and determiners that guide their use. This book also employs real-life examples to illustrate how Māori grammar works day to day.

Online Language Learning resources

Everyone learns language differently. Find a method among these beauties to learn or improve te reo.

Hei tiki tile 2021 PERFECT Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori: This is the official Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori website. Discover information in te reo Māori and English about this important week - such as online language learning resources, posters, information about Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori events throughout the motu and more.
te kupu SMALL Te Kupu o Te Wiki: NZ Post, the Māori Language Commission and Māori Television bring you Te Kupu o Te Wiki - Word of The Week. Brent the Postie introduces 50 words over 50 weeks in short, fun videos suitable for all ages.
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Tōku Reo is a language learning show for complete beginners based on the Te Whanake language course created by Professor John Moorfield.


In every block of five episodes, viewers of Tōku Reo learn vocabulary based around a role-play as well as a small number of sentence structures. Segments on newly coined words from the Māori Language Commission, different tribal dialect, and homework from Professor John himself, complete the bundle of learning.


Tōku Reo combines kaumātua, rangatahi, learners and native speakers in the context of a beginners learning programme, providing a comprehensive Māori learning experience.

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Kōrerorero conversations, is an interactive learning tool developed by AUT to teach te reo Māori through listening, repetition and learning vocabulary and phrases that can be easily introduced into real life situations.


Current lessons/vocabulary include: In the morning, flatmates, on the phone, a pub lunch, in the office, at the supermarket, heading home, and preparing dinner.
This free app is available for both iPhone and Android - and can be downloaded from the Google Play or Apple App stores.

Te Ao Māori

Learn about the diversity and richness of the Māori world.

kahurumanu Kā Huru Manu, The Ngāi Tahu Cultural Mapping Project, is dedicated to mapping the traditional place names and associated stories within the Ngāi Tahu rohe (tribal area). Here you can see over 1000 original Māori place names, kā ara tawhito (traditional travel routes) and the original Māori land allocations in the Ngāi Tahu takiwā. It includes searchable maps which provide a wealth of local history information about Te Waipounamu.
he kakano ahau He Kākano Ahau is a winner in the 2020 Voyager Media Awards. Hosted by RNZ and supported by the NZ On Air Innovation Fund, this excellent podcast features writer and activist Kahu Kūtia (Tūhoe). Kahu sets out to find what connects us as Māori in the city. Her journey takes her between Tāmaki Makaurau, Ōtautahi, and Te Whanganui-ā-Tara. Whether it’s a journey through the (now destroyed) Tapu Te Ranga Marae, Manu Manu Kōrero regionals in Te Waipounamu, or interviews from the front line at Ihumātao, He Kākano Ahau reaffirms that Te Ao Māori is thriving within every single one of us.
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Ātea, a designated Māori perspectives section on The Spinoff news website, covers varied topics ranging from rongoā (New Zealand’s oldest medical practice), to contemporary Māori fashion design, as well as giving opinion on a wide variety of issues from a Māori perspective.


Te Papa has an incredible collection of both contemporary and historical information about Te Ao Māori. Collections include:


- Matariki: The Māori New Year

- Te Tiriti o Waitangi | The Treaty of Waitangi

- Māori kakahu (cloaks): When is a korowai not a korowai?

- Tāmoko: history, practice and meanings


... and much more.

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The Māori World

By Margaret Kāwharu


The book provides snapshots of marae life, social customs, taonga (treasures), important places, sport and employment today, illustrating how Māori live in the present while remembering the past and honouring their ancestors.


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Navigating The Stars: Māori Creation Myths

By Witi Ihimaera


This book traces the history of the Māori people through their creation myths. Witi Ihimaera follows Tawhaki up the vines into the firmament, Hine-titama down into the land of the dead, Māui to the ends of the earth, and the giants and turehu who sailed across the ocean to our shores.


From Hawaiki to Aotearoa, the ancient navigators brought their myths, while looking to the stars - bright with gods, ancestors and stories - to guide the way.
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Taonga Pūoro: Singing Treasures

By Brian Flintoff


If you're interested in Māori musical instruments, this book with CD is for you.


Taonga Pūoro: Singing Treasures comprehensively covers the world of Māori musical instruments, including a background to the tunes played on the instruments, and the families of natural sounds with which they are associated. It covers various types of instruments (such as flutes, gourds, wood and shell trumpets, and bullroarers) giving technical information along with that of the mythological and cultural context to which they belong.
This book includes texts of songs by Hirini Melbourne and a CD containing a sampler of Māori music, selected from previous recordings, many featuring Richard Nunns and Hirini Melbourne.
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Hiakai: Modern Māori Cuisine

By Monique Fiso


This book ranges between history, tradition and tikanga. As well as Monique Fiso's personal journey of self-discovery, it tells the story of kai Māori, provides foraging and usage notes, an illustrated ingredient directory, and over 30 breathtaking recipes that give this ancient knowledge new life.


Hiakai won the 2021 Ockham New Zealand Book Award for Illustrated Non-Fiction.

Books for Tamariki (Kids)

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Kuwi and Friends Māori Picture Dictionary

By Katherine Q. Merewether


This is a fun, easy-to-use resource for those wanting to discover, learn and use everyday words in te reo Māori, with illustrations designed to help younger learners with comprehension. Beautifully designed for everyday use, in the whānau (family), kura (school) and for all New Zealanders, this book was a New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults non-fiction finalist, 2020.

My First Words in Māori

By Stacey Morrison


This book equips your whānau with the first words you need to speak te reo at home together.


With lively pictures labelled in Māori and English, each page introduces the concepts and words children use as they first begin to talk, get to know people and explore the world around them.
Scenes include: Taku Tīnana/My Body, Taku Whānau/My Family, Taku Whare/My House, Wahi Takaro/At the Park, Tatahi/At the Beach, Te Marae/The Marae – and much more.
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Te Kāhui o Matariki

By Sharon Holt


This book includes song lyrics in picture book format and a performed version of the song on CD so you can sing along.

The full kit includes a singalong CD, audio download, English translation, activity ideas and guitar chords.

Te Reo singalong books can help you and your children to learn te reo Māori the easy way. Just play the CD, open the book and join the fun!