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

Tēnā koe | Greetings, hi, hello

(Tē-nā ko-e)

Tēnā koe e hoa | Hi my friend

You can read more in our Kōrero Kawhe resource here – a great tool to help you speak more Māori when you're getting your coffee.

Ako | Learn

Learn a greeting and greet your family and friends in te reo Māori

Mōrena / Ata mārie  |  Good morning
Ngā mihi o te Ahiahi  |  Good afternoon
Ka kite anō  |  See you again
Hei konā rā  |   Goodbye

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

Learn the 100 words all NZer's should know
Learn with your children - if your child is in Kōhanga or kura, spend some time there to hear the language being spoken.  
The Ministry of Education has some useful examples of how to set personal goals for language learners. 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 

Watch Māori TV to hear the reo being spoken
Listen to Māori Radio, go to Te Ara Māori Music or type Māori music into Youtube.

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

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