Māori Language Resources

The Te Whanake series provides the most comprehensive set of resources for learning Māori. The resources of the Te Whanake series include the following:


The four textbooks take the learner from beginner to advanced levels. They are the core resources, and develop skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing Māori. Recently second editions of all four textbooks have been published by Longman/Pearson Education New Zealand.

Study Guides

These are designed to accompany each of the first three textbooks. They contain grammar, vocabulary, reading and writing exercises for independent study. These allow the student to practise the language introduced and explained in the corresponding chapter of the textbook. There are further explanations of grammar points. Suggestions are also given to help students with the more general skills underlying language acquisition, such as deducing meaning from context, using words correctly, and reading for meaning. Model answers are provided at the back of the book.

Audio CDs

These provide listening and speaking exercises for the chapters of each textbook. Some exercises concentrate on particular grammar points, while others develop listening comprehension skills in Māori. Like the study guides, they are designed for independent study.

Māori Dictionary & Index

Called Te Aka Māori-English, English-Māori Dictionary and Index, this is a dictionary for learners of Māori, written on new principles. It is a selection of modern and everyday language essential for learners. As well as the words one would expect in a traditional dictionary, it has encyclopaedic entries designed to provide key information about plants, animals, stars, planets, other heavenly bodies, important Māori people, key ancestors in traditional narratives, tribal groups, ancestral canoes, song types, Māori names for institutions, country names, place names and other proper names. There are also explanations of key concepts central to Māori culture. Comprehensive explanations for grammatical items are included, with examples of usage, as well as idioms and colloquialisms with their meanings and examples. These have all been included because they are important in communicating in a Māori context, and contribute to understanding and speaking the language in a natural way.

While this dictionary is designed to stand alone, it also includes all the words used in the Te Whanake series of narrative texts and resources, and is indexed to the Te Whanake series, thus giving quick access to topics, maps, illustrations, idioms, colloquialisms, proverbs, tribal sayings, grammar and usage explanations.

Teachers' Manuals

Instructions and master copies of materials for pair and group activities, teaching advice, tape scripts and sample tests are included to assist the teacher. There are three teachers' manuals.

Free Online Resources

As well as this online Māori dictionary and index, there are other free online resources that complement the Te Whanake series.

  • Te Whanake Animations. This website contains animations and activities online that complement the textbooks and other resources of the Te Whanake series. It encourages intellectual independence in learners by providing learning which students can use when they wish and from wherever they have online access. Although Te Whanake Animations has been designed to stand alone as a resource for learning Māori, learners will make the best progress in acquiring the language when it is used in conjunction with classes taught by a skilled teacher who is a fluent speaker of Māori using the Te Whanake series of textbooks, study guides, recorded exercises and this dictionary, Te Aka Māori-English, English-Māori Dictionary and Index.
  • Te Whanake Podcasts. These podcasts contain all the exercises and activities of the four textbooks of Te Whanake. Originally produced as tape-recorded activities to develop learners' listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in Māori, they have now been converted into a digital format for an online e-learning platform. This digital content is available for playback on Microsoft Windows and Apple computers, television screens, as well as portable media devices such as mp3 players, video iPods and 3G phones. As a Māori language learner, these exercises will give you additional practice with the dialogues, vocabulary and sentence patterns of the particular chapter you are working on in class, as well as revising language material already covered.

These can also be accessed from the Te Whanake homepage.

Books + Apps


The App

This Māori dictionary is also available as an iOS and Android app. Download from the links below.

iOS / Android
Te Aka Mobile App


The Book

Te Aka Māori-English, English-Māori Dictionary and Index by John C Moorfield. This dictionary comprises a selection of modern and everyday language that will be extremely useful for learners of the Māori language.

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