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In celebration of Te Wiki o te Reo Māori check out these resources for getting started with the basics of te Reo Māori

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The theme for this years' te wiki o te Reo Māori is Kia Kaha te Reo Māori’

‘Kia Kaha’ is well known in New Zealand English with its correct Māori meaning of ‘be strong’. We often talk about languages as if they are people – talking about language health, strength and revitalisation. So when we say ‘Kia Kaha te Reo Māori’ we’re saying - ‘Let’s make the Māori language strong'.

Te Wiki o te Reo Māori website


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Māori Language.net was started in 2007 with some funding by Te Taura Whiri I Te Reo Māori (Māori Language Commission) through their Mā Te Reo fund. It’s aim is to be a base for the basics of Māori Language.​ It includes guides to alphabet, pronunciation, waiata, phrases and more.

Māori Language Commission

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Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori

Visit The Māori Language Commission website for pronunciation guides, Tikanga Māori and resources. The Māori Language Commission was set up under the Māori Language Act 1987 and continued under Te Ture Reo Māori 2016 / Māori Language Act 2016 to promote the use of Māori as a living language and as an ordinary means of communication.

1000 Māori Place names

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1000 Māori place names

Read the component parts of Māori place names and their correct pronunciation on the nzhistory website.

Māori word of the day

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Māori word of the day

Register with Kupu o te Rā for daily Māori words sent to your email or via RSS feed. Also features te Reo grammar tips and tricks.

Māori Dictionary

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Māori Dictionary

Look up Māori words and phrases and access further resources.