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.



white heron

I kite au i te kōtuku i te rangi nei

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

Upon arrival in Aotearoa, Māori began describing the environment around them and what they observed – the maunga(mountains), the awa(rivers), the birds and the insects. Over time, a new language – te reo Māori – evolved, shaped by the unique environment of Aotearoa. Te reo Māori, the Māori language, like so many of our other taonga in Aotearoa, is threatened. But, like the environment, with collective understanding, care and action the language will thrive.  Here are a few phrases from the booklet, check it out for more Kia Kaha Te Reo Taiao.  Anei ētahi kīanga hei ako māu - here's some phrases for you to learn.  

Kupu, Kīanga | Words & Phrases
Mō taku hē | My apologies (my bad)
Toitū te Marae o Tāne | The Land Endures
Toitū te Marae o Tangaroa | The Sea Endures
Toitū te Iwi | We, the People, Endure
Hei aha te kirihou, kei te whakaiti au i te nui o aku para | No plastic thanks, I am trying
to cut down on waste
tahatai | beach
wai ora, wai māori | healthy water
Me mātua whai i te ara | Stay on the track
He aha te rākau hei whakatō mā tāua? | What tree shall we plant?
pīpīwharauroa | shining cuckoo 
Waimarie katoa tātou ki te kite i te tini o ngā kererū i konei | We are so lucky to see
so many kererū here 
Kia nui te kai, kia nui hoki te taputapu tika | Take sufficient supplies 
Me mōhio ki ō pūmanawa, herenga anō hoki | Know your abilities and limits

Ki tua atu | Take it a bit further

Te whakamahi i tāu i mōhio ai - Using what te reo Māori you know in real life situations is a great way to remember words and phrases and is how the reo should be used anyway, naturally. Go for a hike with family or friends and set a time to speak Māori to each other or challenge yourself/selves to kōrero for the whole trip 

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.
Here's some words from a previous Wiki, you can see them and/or hear them
Try this wordfind from a previous Te Wiki o te Reo māori
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

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
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

You can download posters of the Kia Kaha te Reo o te Taiao as posters also here
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

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

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