Resources: Te reo Māori

The following are some Te reo Māori resources and websites to support acceleration through alignment and spread. This is not seen as an exhaustive list but rather something to help get you started.

Te reo Māori is indigenous to Aotearoa New Zealand. It is a taonga recognised under the Treaty of Waitangi, a primary source of our nation’s self-knowledge and identity, and an official language. By understanding and using te reo Māori, New Zealanders become more aware of the role played by the indigenous language and culture in defining and asserting our point of difference in the wider world.

Ko te reo Māori te kākahu o te whakaaro, te huarahi i te ao tūroa.

By learning te reo and becoming increasingly familiar with tikanga, Māori students strengthen their identities, while non-Māori journey towards shared cultural understandings. All who learn te reo Māori help to secure its future as a living, dynamic, and rich language. As they learn, they come to appreciate that diversity is a key to unity. Te reo Māori underpins Māori cultural development and supports Māori social and economic development in Aotearoa New Zealand and internationally. Understanding te reo Māori stretches learners cognitively, enabling them to think in different ways and preparing them for leadership.

By learning te reo Māori, students are able to:

  • participate with understanding and confidence in situations where te reo and tikanga Māori predominate and to integrate language and cultural understandings into their lives;
  • strengthen Aotearoa New Zealand’s identity in the world;
  • broaden their entrepreneurial and employment options to include work in an ever-increasing range of social, legal, educational, business, and professional settings.(Ministry of Education, 2007b, P. 14)

Te reo Māori on TKI

The Te Reo Māori in English-medium Schools community is available on TKI. It provides up-to-date information and resources relevant to the teaching and learning of te reo Māori in English-medium schools.

Te Aho Arataki Marau mō​​ te Ako i Te Reo Māori - Kura Auraki

A collection of Curriculum Guidelines for Teaching and Learning Te Reo Māori in English-medium Schools: Years 1-13 (Ministry of Education, 2009) are available within the Te Reo Māori in English-medium Schools community on TKI.


He Reo Tupu, He Reo Ora

This multimedia resource is available on TKI. It was developed to support the teaching and learning of te reo Māori and contains eight unit plans supported by resources, videos and engaging animations ('reomations').

Ka Mau te Wehi!

Ka Mau te Wehi! is available on TKI. When produced, it was based on levels 1 and 2 of the draft Te Reo Maori in the New Zealand Curriculum 2007.

The resource contains 20 units of work, each having a distinct theme and providing fun opportunities to learn and practise new language. The units available on the site follow the unit content in the accompanying printed Ka Mau te Wehi! package. Each unit lists relevant curriculum achievement objectives, learning intentions and success criteria.

Te Whakaipurangi Rauemi

Te Whakaipurangi Rauemi is available on TKI. It is described as a storehouse of resources for teachers that is designed to be effective in promoting language learning and to support Te Aho Arataki Marau mō te Ako i Te Reo Māori - Kura Auraki and Te Reo Māori in the Māori language curriculum.

You can follow the links on this page as a resource guide for teachers. These links are designed to give you background information to assist with your teaching. They are presented in a concise, accessible way. The resources are all based on current language teaching theory and practice. Links are made to the achievement objectives in Te Aho Arataki Marau mō te Ako i Te Reo Māori - Kura Auraki (Ministry of Education, 2015)

Kia Mau

The Kia Mau resource is available on TKI. It was originally designed for senior Māori-medium teachers.

It focuses on two waiata and two haka that have an association with the Māori Battalion. On the site are teachers’ notes in English and a collection of video clips with English subtitles.