Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori (Māori Language Week)

September 17, 2020

Kia ako tahi tātou (let’s learn together) for Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori (Māori Language Week)! Here are some ideas for ways we can celebrate te reo this week and beyond. Tēna koutou (thank you) to those who helped with this list:

Print a reference sheet

Greetings and sign-offs to keep by your desk: link  

Get to know your workspace or home in te reo by printing labels. We have made an editable sheet you can tailor (and check pronunciation) with the Māori Dictionary

Spell better

Set your keyboard up to allow easy typing of characters with macrons (tohutō or pōtae, the latter meaning ‘hat’), which lengthen the vowel.

Polish your pronunciation

Te Reo o Te Tari 101 – watch a short video series introducing some basic words and common mistakes

Review vowel pronunciation to help you approach unfamiliar Māori words.

Take a quiz

Find out how many of the ‘top Māori words and phrases every Kiwi should know’ that you know.

Follow ‘A Māori Phrase a Day on Facebook’

Join this awesome group on Facebook to absorb a te reo phrase and it’s cultural context each day with a quick video.

Download an app

Kōrerorero app for iOS (free): https://apps.apple.com/nz/app/k%C5%8Drerorero/id1426198696

Kawe Kōrero app for Android (free): https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.kiwamedia.android.qbook.WAI0001&hl=en

The Māori dictionary app is a one-off useful investment: (iOS) (Android)

Free Kupu app allows you to take a photograph of an object and find out it’s translation in te reo (iOS) (Android)

Pick up a ‘Māori made easy’ book from the series by Scotty Morrison

Books in this series make for a good way to get into the habit of regular practice with neat 30 minute sessions.

Commit to learning te reo: 

Why not start by listening to and learning a word a day from this list ?

Or better still, join a class such as that organised by the team at Tohu Ora who teach te reo Māori classes via Zoom.

Subscribe to Māori Health Review

Get a free regular update on the latest Māori Health research by Dr Matire Harwood, a dedicated kaupapa Māori researcher we have had the pleasure of working with on many of our studies. Facebook |  Twitter | Website <- Sign up here to get the updates emailed out

Listen to Taringa

A te reo Māori podcast largely delivered in English for learning on the go. It’s also available on Spotify, Apple Music, and Youtube.

Follow Māori and hashtags on social media

On social media you can ‘follow’ both people and hashtags, this subscribes you to see more related content in your social media feed – a lovely way to make a longer-term commitment to balancing the information we surround ourselves with.

Why not follow: @TeAo_Official / @TeKarereTVNZ  /  @reomaori / @maori_health

Hashtags: #reomaori #MāoriLanguageWeek #TeReo #TeWikiOTeReoMāori #māorihealth

Learn more about the efforts to revitalise te reo in Aotearoa


Kia kaha te reo Māori! Kia kaha Aotearoa!