I'll give it a go

I'll give it a go

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Great you want to learn some words and phrases to use for Te Wiki o te Reo Māori and beyond. Learning pronunciation, a few words of greeting and a couple of choice phrases is all you'll need for now.

Learn a little, use a little

E noho rā | Goodbye to someone staying

(E no-ho rā)

E noho rā e kui | See you later Nana

Haere ra | Goodbye to someone leaving

(ha-e-re rā)

Haere rā e te tau, kia pai te haere | Bye darling, safe trip

You can read more in our Buy your Tīkiti in Māori resource here – a great tool to help you speak more Māori when you're out and about



Ako | Learn

Learn a how to say goodbye and use it to farewell family and friends in te reo Māori

Hei āpōpō | See you tomorrow
Hei ātahirā | See you the day after tomorrow
Kia tūtaki anō ai tāua/tātou / Until we meet again

(we - tāua = 2 people, tātou more than two)

Noho ora mai  |  Stay well
Haere pai atu, hoki pai mai | Be safe on your travels there and back


He aha i tua atu? | Take it a bit further

Use the above phrases with friends and family. Say kia ora and ka kite anō to the bus driver, the Uber driver or the train conductor.
Download, post and learn from some great posters – playground words, home words, kitchen and others. Resources here
Learn with your children - take them for a ride on the bus or train and find other words to use.  Māori Dictionary
The Ministry of Education has some useful examples of counting and using numbers. Click Here

Kōrero | Practice pronunciation

Learning how to pronounce words correctly is important and a great way to start, check out our pronunciation guide. Pronunciation guide

Whakarongo | Listen to the language being spoken 

Te Whanake has a series of videos in te reo Māori for all learners
Listen to words being spoken on Māori Dictionary
Watch Māori TV to hear the reo being spoken and sung. 

Waiata | Song

Check out the Kapa Haka on Māori TV - Whakaata Māori
Listen to Māori Radio, go to Te Ara Māori Music or type Māori music into Youtube.

Pānui | Read

Check out the helpful booklets in Resources on Te Taura Whiri site
Read about the history of the Māori language
Read books, check out local library, or Digital NZ at the National Library and online.
Read te reo Māori stories as a family or with friends.
See the Digital NZ Te Wiki o te Reo Māori story

He ara ki tua | Pathways

Looking for a job where you can use your reo Māori? The Careers NZ site has tools and information to help you find a job where your reo has a place.

Mātauranga | Education

Look for a Māori language course locally for you and the family. Or if you would you like to take things up a level look at any of these fine institutions offering te reo Māori language as a subject. Follow this link