I'd like to speak and think in Te Reo

I'd like to speak and think in Te Reo


Yay! Kei te kōrero Māori koe, you're speaking some reo. Ka pai!  You're able to talk about a range of things now with a couple of hiccup's here and there. Have a think about how to expand your reo. Using idiom (i.e. got the boot, over the moon) or kīwaha(ka mau te wehi, me he tē) and expanding on your use of whakataukī (whāia te iti kahurangi ...) could take your reo to another level.  We have a couple to wet your taste buds below and some suggestions on things you may want to try. 

Ko te pae tawhiti whāia kia tata ko te pae tata whakamaua kia tina!
Seek to bring distant horizons closer, and sustain and maintain those that have been arrived at.




Ki hea au e hoko tīkiti terina ai?

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

Here's some phrases to use while traveling to and from work or school taken from the tīkiti resource.  

Kīanga | Phrases
tēnā, whakaatu mai tō tīkiti | please show your ticket
anei taku tīkiti | here is my ticket
aue! kua wareware i a au taku tīkiti | oh no! I forgot my ticket
kei te hiahia hoko tīkiti au ki Tāmaki Makaurau | I would like to buy one ticket to Auckland please
āhea ka wehe atu tō waka rererangi? | When does your plane leave?
Ki hea au hoko tīkiti terina ai? | Where do I buy a train ticket?

Ki tua atu | Take it a bit further

Learning some phrases is a great way of improving your reo Māori.  Here's some to use while traveling to and from work or school.  Using the phrases and words in your everyday language helps you to remember them, it also normalises te reo for you and others around you.  

Kupu | Words

Have a look for kīwaha and whakataukī online hei whakareka i tō reo
Learn a word a day at Kupu o te rā
Look at the Ministry of Education's High Frequency wordlists
Have a look at He Pātaka Kupu online

Whakarongo | Listen to the language being spoken

Try one of Māori TV's Language Learning shows Kōrero Mai is a great show for beginners, intermediate and advanced speakers of te reo or for a challenge try Ako
Listen to Māori Radio, go to Te Ara Māori Music or type Māori music into Youtube.
Listen to speeches on Digital NZ, Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision

Pānui | Read

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.

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

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

Would you like to take things up a level, look for a local course or any of the fine institutions offering te reo Māori language as a subject. Follow this link