I'll give it a go

I'll give it a go


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

Kei te pēhea koe? | How are you? / Hows it going?

(Kei te pē-he-a ko-e?)

Kei te pēhea koe e tama? | How are you boy?

(Kei te pē-he-a ko-e e ta-ma?)

Kei te pai e pā | I’m well thanks sir (said to an older male)

(Kei te pa-i e pā)

Have a look at our beautiful new resource Kia Kaha te Reo Taiao produced in a collaboration with the Department of Conservation – Te Papa Atawhai.


Ako | Learn

Learn how to ask how someone is and how to answer if they ask you.

Kei te pēhea koe? | How are you?

E pēhea ana koe? | How are you?  (alternate way of asking how one is)

Kei te aha? | How are you? (alternate way of saying how are you? Ngāti Porou)

Kei te pai (au) | I am good  or E pai ana (ahau) | I am good

Kei te ngenge | I am tired or E ngenge ana | I am tired

Kei te hōhā | I am bored or E hōhā ana | I am bored

Kei te pouri | I am sad or E pouri ana | I am sad

Kei te harikoa | I am happy or E harikoa ana | I am happy

Kei te pukumahi | I am busy or E pukumahi ana | I am busy

Kei te matekai | I am hungry or E matekai ana | I am hungry

Kei te hiainu | I am thirsty or E hiainu ana | I am thirsty

Kei te ora rawa atu | I am really well or E ora rawa atu ana | I am really well

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

Use the above phrases with friends and family. Ask how they are, and tell them how you are.  Find other words to use to explain how you are feeling with Māori Dictionary
Download our Kia Kaha te Reo Taiao resource for great phrases and words as a booklet and/or as posters.

Kōrero | Practice pronunciation

Learning how to pronounce words correctly is important and a great way to start, check out our pronunciation guideThere are some great apps out there to help one learn te reo Māori, check out the Google Play Store and the iOS App Store

Kupu | Words

Kupu: Take a photo, learn a language
To coincide with Te Wiki o te Reo Māori, Spark and Te Aka Māori Dictionary have launched Kupu, an interactive mobile app powered by Google that helps people learn Te Reo Māori translations by exploring the objects around them. Kupu is really easy to use. Users simply take a picture, Kupu will then use image recognition to identify what the object is in the picture and provide Te Reo Māori translations for the object(s). Kupu is available for download free from the Google Play Store and the iOS App Store.
Te Taura Whiri has some resources to help you learn a few words - learn about you with this poster or carry around this wallet phrase card for a quick language fix.  Pint these labels and put them around your house

Whakarongo | Listen to the language being spoken 

Watch the promotional video’s made by Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori to promote Te Wiki o te Reo Māori
Watch Reo Town produced for Māori Language Week
Watch Māori TV to hear the reo being spoken and sung. 
Te Whanake
has a series of videos in te reo Māori for all learners
Listen to words being spoken on Māori Dictionary

Waiata | Song

There’s some really awesome te reo songs on Youtube, just type te reo, or waiata reo, or reo waiata into the search, here try this one from Ranea
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

See the Digital NZ Te Wiki o te Reo Māori story updated with stories from Te Wiki o te Reo Māori 2018
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.

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