Māori language

NAU MAI KI TE WHANAKE. WELCOME TO TE WHANAKE. Te Whanake is a set of textbooks, study guides, CDs, teachers' manuals and a dictionary for learning and teaching Māori language. This website also provides access to a further range of associated free online resources for independent learning and interaction. These online resources support the four core textbooks and study guides of the language programme.

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8 October, 2015 - Te Whanake app for learning Māori expanded to upper-intermediate level

The third section of the Te Whanake app, Te Māhuri, is now available for iPad and Android tablet mobile devices. The Te Kākano and Te Pihinga sections have been available for some time. Now Te Māhuri is available for purchase.
The Te Whanake app is a container app and within that is an in-app purchase for each level. Each level pulls material from the textbook, animations, podcasts, exercise sheets and the TV programmes of the Te Whanake series. The Te Whanake app encompasses most of the Te Whanake resources, both the print and the online resources, in a structured programme. This is a major step in improving the programme for learners and teachers from beginner through to the advanced level.
The app container is free, while each level requires an in app purchase. Each part can be purchased for NZ$19.99.
iPad App
Android Tablet App

16 May 2014 - Te Whanake app for learning Māori

The Te Whanake app is now available for iPad and Android tablet mobile devices. This app will encompass most of the Te Whanake resources, both the print and the online resources, in a structured programme. This is a major step in improving the programme for learners and teachers from beginner through to the advanced level. The first of four parts, Te Kākano, is now available.
The Te Whanake app is container app and within that an in-app purchase for each level, starting with Te Whanake 1 Te Kākano, the first textbook in the series of four. Each level will pull material from the textbook, study guide, animations, podcasts, exercise sheets and the TV programmes of the Te Whanake series.
The app container is free, and, once downloaded, users can preview part of Te Kākano or purchase it through an in-app purchase. This was launched at the AUT University marae on 8 May this year. Over the next year the other three levels will be available.
iPad App
Android Tablet App

28 June 2013 - New look for Te Aka online dictionary

Recently a completely new look for the Te Aka Māori online dictionary website was launched. New headwords, many new meanings and example sentences with translations have been added over the last two years and this work continues. Currently the dictionary has around 15,000 headwords, with most having a number of meanings and parts of speech, each listed separately under the headword.
The number of visits to the online dictionary continues to steadily increase and will soon exceed two million visits per year.
To illustrate some of the features of the dictionary, try searching for some of the following: kākariki (or kakariki), pūkeko (or pukeko), Huirangi, mana, musical instruments, mamaku, taimaha, tairanga, tītaha, tāwhana.

28 June 2013 - New look for Te Reo Māori app

To match the website, the Te Reo Māori app for iPhones, iPod Touches, iPads updates are available and also have new looks. The Android app update is about to be released. An app for Microsoft Windows is also being developed.
iPhone/iPad App
Android App

26 September 2011 – New book on the loanwords of Māori

Words adapted from other languages are an important part of modern Māori. This new dictionary presents over 3,000 loanwords that are, or have been, in common use in spoken and written Māori. Many of the headwords in this dictionary do not occur in any other existing dictionary of Māori. The dictionary has a comprehensive introduction explaining how these loanwords have been adapted to the phonological and grammatical systems of Māori. Each headword is presented with its meanings, grammatical category and example sentences from the sources, with translations. An English-Māori finder list is provided.

3 August 2011 - Get the Android phone app.

This Māori dictionary is now available as an Android phone app. Called Te Reo Māori the app, can be downloaded to your Android phone.

3 August 2011 - New edition of Te Aka dictionary now available

This new expanded third edition contains more than 13,000 separate headwords and 16,000 separate meanings in the Māori-English section. There are almost 6,000 new separate meanings more than in the second edition. There are also over 18,000 English headwords in the English-Māori finder lists, approximately 5,000 more than in the previous edition.

17 June 2010 - Te Reo Māori dictionary application for iPhone and iPod Touch

The dictionary as an application for iPhone and iPod Touch devices now available to download. The app. is called Te Reo Māori. This means that users with the app. are able to use the dictionary anywhere without the need to be online. The content of the new application is similar to the online version.

7 June 2010 - John Moorfield awarded Queen's Service Order

News Flash - John Moorfield has just been awarded a Queen's Service Order in the Queen's Birthday honours list for his services to Māori language. It's great to see him being recognised for his life long dedication to te reo. Congratulations John from all of us involved with the Te Whanake series.

14 May 2010 - Visitors Break Six Figure Mark

The Te Aka Māori dictionary website topped 100,000 visits for the month ending on 13 May. This is the first time that the website has surpassed six figures for visits during a one month period and reflects the constant increase in usage since the website went live in December 2006.

2 May 2010 - Mobile Māori Dictionary Website

A mobile website has been developed for viewing the Te Aka online Māori dictionary on a mobile phone or small screen device. The special bilingul interface is automatically selected when viewing the website on a mobile phone with the capabilty of accessing the internet. Try searches for: penguin, albatross, waekura, Wharehuia, mana.

2 November 2009 - Historical Loanwords Collection

You can now opt to include the historical loanwords into your search in the Te Aka dictionary. This is a collection of over 18,000 loanwords from the Māori-language newspapers and the Paipera Tapu, the Māori Bible, and a few other sources, published from 1842 to 1952. A significant number of these loanwords are still in use in modern Māori so will also appear in the main Te Aka dictionary.

8 May 2009 - Tōku Reo

Recently Māori Television has begun streaming the previous two week's episodes of Tōku Reo on its website. You can view these at www.maoritelevision.com If you missed an episode, you have a chance to view it for the next two weeks after it was shown. Each episode is also repeated at 3 pm the following day.

18 March 2009 - Tōku Reo

Tōku Reo starts on March 31 and screens every night, Tuesday to Saturday, at 8pm on Māori Television. The programme has been produced by Kura Productions, led by Quintin Hita and Te O Kahurangi Waaka, and is based on Te Whanake 1 Te Kākano.

Tōku Reo is a 100-episode, studio-based show that uses presenters Raimona Peni and Raukura Huata as teachers, with graphics and footage to support them. The vocabulary taught each week is based on a theme, with graphics and role-play reinforcing learning. Activities help viewers use what they have learned, and an interactive website with podcasts, forums and exercises fosters progress.

Tōku Reo will appeal to a cross-section, both Māori and Pākehā, young and old.

16 March 2009 - Te Ipukarea website

Te Ipukarea, the National Māori Language Institute, began in July 2008 and Te Ipukarea website provides information about the Institute, the team and board, and its current projects. This website is updated regularly.

13 March 2009 - Te Whanake TV website

After long negotiations, the two Te Whanake television programmes that were produced in the mid 1990s are now available as streamed videos on the Te Whanake TV website. Exercises to develop listening comprehension skills have been devised for each programme.

13 March 2009 - Te Aka improvements and additions

Bird calls for all the native birds and some introduced species have been added to the entries on the online dictionary, Te Aka. They will play by clicking on the photo or audio icons at the end of an entry. Try some of the following: korimako, tūī, kawau paka, kōkako, warou, chaffinch, wrybill.

In addition, further improvements have been made. The dictionary will now find verbs with their passive endings added. Try, for example: rangona, tirohia, inumia and whakarērea.

13 March 2009 - Upgrade of podcasts and streaming of videos

Currently the podcasts of the Te Whanake Podcasts website are being upgraded. Those for Te Kakano have been completed. The podcasts can be downloaded for use on computers and such devices as iPods.

All the videos for the listening comprehension exercises of Te Mahuri and Te Kōhure are now streamed online and available to watch free on the Te Whanake Podcasts website.

15 December 2008

Te Whanake TV, a new website has been created for two thirteen-part serials that complements the Te Whanake series of textbooks and resources for learning Māori. Each episode of both serials is about twelve minutes long. The remainder of each 26-minute programme consists of explanations of language and aspects of Māori culture. These programmes were originally produced for viewing on television as part of university Māori language distance courses to complement the teaching and learning resources of the Te Whanake series. Because of their value, particularly in developing listening comprehension skills, they are now being made available free for the benefit of all Māori language learners. Exercises have been added for each episode of the serials to help learners gain maximum benefit from watching and listening to these.

1 August 2008

The Te Whanake Podcasts website was launched on Thursday 24 July at the Aotea Centre in Auckland.

This new website means that the listening and speaking exercises of the four Te Whanake textbooks, tapes and CDs can now be done online. Or they can be downloaded to iTunes on Microsoft Windows and Apple computers for use on television screens and portable media devices such as mp3 players, video iPods, iPhones and 3G phones. This means that Māori language learners can continue with their learning wherever they are - on the bus or on the beach at Waikīkī.

Adapting the taped audio and video exercises and activities for online use has other benefits for, not only the learners, but also the staff and institutions involved in delivering the teaching, e.g.

  • Learners can access all the exercises and activities online at no cost, thus avoiding the expense of purchasing audio- and videotapes or CDs and DVDs.
  • Provided learners have a microphone connected to their computer, they can record their responses and, with an internet connection, they will be able to submit their exercises for assessment by their teachers who can mark and give quick feedback to their students. All this can be done from anywhere in the world.
  • This development means that language laboratories will no longer be required for teaching and learning Māori, thus freeing institutions from a major expense. Space will be available for other purposes.

The Te Whanake websites represent a major development in the methods of learning and teaching Māori and second languages.

Over the next few weeks further refinements and the videotaped exercises will be added to this website.

The Te Whanake Podcasts website has been developed by Te Ara Poutama staff and students of Auckland University of Technology in collaboration with VO2 Studio, the developers of all the Te Whanake websites.

The Te Whanake Podcasts website can be accessed from the Te Whanake homepage at http://www.tewhanake.maori.nz or directly.

10 June 2008

A new section has been added to the Te Whanake Animations website. By clicking on Number Practice in the menu at the top of that website, you will be able to learn numbers in Māori, including cardinal numbers (i.e. 1, 2, 3, etc.), ordinal numbers (i.e. first, second, third, etc.), telephone numbers, years and money. All the activities are designed for independent study with immediate feedback on your responses.

31 March 2008

Recently the website of online modules of animated movies and activities that complement the Te Whanake textbooks for learning Māori was given a make-over. This website is now called 'Te Whanake Animations' and can be accessed from this homepage. Currently there are 15 modules complementing the first textbook of the Te Whanake series, Te Kākano. Each module contains an animated movie with activities to develop the new language introduced in the movie. This website is designed for independent study and is free.

17 January 2008

New Māori language Forum Online - The new forum on the internet is designed to be a place to discuss Māori language issues and to support the resources in the Te Whanake series. Why not visit the new forum on the web and contribute some comments? It can be found at: http://forum.tewhanake.maori.nz You can also access the forum from this Te Whanake homepage.

11 January 2008

The Māori dictionary website has been relaunched. We've upgraded the design as well as completing many behind-the-scenes updates to provide quicker and more relevant search results.

4 January 2008

The Te Whanake series of Māori language websites is currently in the process of being redeveloped and expanded. The aim is to provide a comprehensive set of online resources to help Māori language learners of all levels. As part of this upgrade, we have just relaunched the resources site. Apart from the new look, we have enhanced online ordering of resources and it is now possible to order completely in Māori.

3 May 2007

The Te Whanake shop is now online. Anybody anywhere in the world is now able to buy any of the Te Whanake Māori language resources online using a credit card. Just visit Te Whanake resources to buy any of the resources.

7 March 2007

The Māori dictionary, Te Aka, which went online in December is now the most popular online Māori dictionary with an average of 15000 searches per week over the last few weeks. Feedback from users praise the ease of use and the wide range of information it provides for learners, including the detailed explanations of cultural concepts.