It's time for you to get on board the Maori language week kaupapa, with Maori Language week starting on the 12th Mahuru (September), now is the perfect time to learn some new words and incorporate them in to your everyday activities.
Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori was established in 1975 to uplift and celebrate speaking Māori, which we wholeheartedly support. There are so many great resources out there these days, from apps to online dictionaries, there's even online courses that you can join. We want to encourage you to give it a go this year.
As one of three official languages of Aotearoa and the language of our indigenous people, Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori is one small way you can honour tangata whenua
We've put together one of our favourite recipes Parāoa Parai: The best fry bread recipe in Te Reo Māori and created a simple printable that you can download and place on your fridge to help encourage using everyday words for some of the common ingredients found in your whare.
We've also listed some of our favourite resources below.
Kia kaha te reo Māori whānau.
Scotty Morrison’s Māori Made Easy series
The presenter of current affairs shows Te Karere and Marae, Scotty Morrison has written a series of books which will guide you on your te reo journey, no matter what level you’re at.
Māori Dictionary App
available online for free, or you can download to your phone.
We live in the age of AI, so if you’re at a loss for the English word of an object, please remain calm and download the Kupu app. Made by Spark and the Te Aka Māori Dictionary, it uses artificial intelligence and your phone camera to detect objects and give you its Māori translation. Take that, Alexa!
Created by Stacey and Scotty Morrison in conjunction with Massey University, Toro Mai is an excellent, interactive and FREE online resource to teach you te reo and tikanga Māori. With multiple tools and methods to make learning even more fun, it’s designed for anyone to jump on board and begin learning the language. You’ll be speaking Māori in no time.
Te Taurawhiti—Māori Language Commission
Besides the Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori website, The Māori Language Commission expands on helpful resources, with some exciting ways for you to learn.