Te reo Māori

Image: Te reo Maori cards by Christchurch City Libraries on Flickr

Here's a range of online resources to support learning te reo Māori at all levels — ranging from beginners to those wanting to update their knowledge and practice, through to fluent te reo speakers. SCIS 1532752

He Reo Tupu, He Reo Ora

'A growing language is a living language.’ This TKI site provides an introduction to the Māori language and provides learning materials for teachers in the form of unit plans, resource sheets and teachers' notes.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary

Kōrero Māori

Developed by Te Taura Whiri i te reo Māori, The Māori Language Commission, to raise awareness of the Māori language and provide opportunities for people to learn and use it. Caters for all levels from beginners to fluent speakers. Interactive to enable chat with other learners at the same level. Provides downloadable support material.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary

Māori Dictionary

This Māori dictionary allows searches from Māori to English or English to Māori as well as a variety of other useful entries. It is also available in book form.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary

Māori Language Net

A self-help site with online video lessons for practice.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary

Māori Television

Māori Television have made most of their programmes available online. Go to the language learning section (under the On Demand tab) then click on the language learning resource that suits you.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate


To discover information on the school work site ManyAnswers use the search term te reo.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary

Te Whanake-Māori Language online

A wide range of resources are provided here, to complement the Te Whanake textbook — including animations, podcasts, streamed television programmes, discussion forums, as well as additional resources for purchase to support Māori language learning.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary

Tōku Reo

Tōku Reo is a Māori language learning programme on Māori Television, based on the Te Whanake language course. This site provides support for their television programmes, with links to material for downloading for practice. Check out links in the footer.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary


Have you thought about using books with your class to support your topic? The following are some suggestions for your students (and you!) to read and enjoy. The books listed below are either bi-lingual or available as a te reo text.

Am I small? He iti rānei ahau by Philipp Winterberg, 2014, (picture book)
Kei Reira ngā Weriweri, by Maurice Sendak, 2013, (picture book)
Te Papangarua, by Gay Hay, 2011 (picture book)
He Taniwha i Te Kura, by Tim Tipene, 2002 (picture book)


Greetings in Māori. Markovina Hikitapua Youtube  4.25

Learn to count in Māori, TalkMaori Youtube 1.32

Māori Classroom Objects — Step 1 Learning the Objects, Ryan Canning, Youtube 1.51