What you do to start learning and speaking is up to you but you won’t be alone. 


There are people from all sorts of backgrounds and levels of ability needed to revitalise te reo Māori, so get started using our ideas below. See how you can incorporate te reo Māori into your everyday life and be one in a million speakers by 2040.


It could be as easy as playing a Māori language song, starting your Zoom call with "mōrena", or starting lunch with a karakia!


Tēnā tirohia ēnei whakaaro whakatairanga - kōwhiria, mahia!

So check out these ideas - choose and use!


Huatau | Ideas
  • Make ‘kia ora’ your first choice of greeting to everyone you speak to
  • Prepare your whānau, friends or workplace to speak te reo Māori for the hour
  • Open your news bulletin with te reo Māori
  • Host a ‘Kōrero Kai’ for lunch where you only speak in te reo Māori
  • Start lunch off with a karakia for kai
  • Order your coffee in te reo Māori
  • Set a ‘reo Māori only’ zone within your workplace or home
  • Listen to te reo Māori only for the day
  • Play our ‘Te Wiki o te Reo Māori’ playlist in your business or workplace for everyone to hear!
  • Listen to a podcast and sharpen up your reo. For beginners try 'Everyday Māori' by Hēmi Kelly for easy, bite-sized lessons. For intermediate learners, listen to 'Ako' and 'Ōpaki' hosted by Pania Papa. We love 'Taringa' hosted by Paraone Gloyne, a discussion based reo and tikanga podcast for levels.
  • Turn on the radio or go online and tune into your local iwi radio station
  • Tune in to Māori Television
  • Listen to Hinewehi Mohi sing our national anthem in te reo Māori at the 1999 Rugby World Cup in England.
  • Find a reo course - from beginner online courses to full immersion, there is a course for you
  • Organise a lunch time te reo Māori lesson
  • Attend a lunchtime reo seminar online
  • Take some te reo lessons onlineLearn vocabulary based around a role-play as well as a small number of sentence structures with Tōku Reo.
  • Practice your pronunciation and learn the Māori alphabet
  • Learn about Māori place names with Sonny
  • Watch Māori Television
  • For intermediate learners, Ōpaki and Ako will help to improve your reo - hosted by Pania Papa
  • Join the ‘A Māori Phrase a Day’ learning group on Facebook by Hēmi Kelly
  • Set out to learn a word a day for a year – see 365 Māori words
  • Sign up to get a word a day with Kupu o te Rā
  • Host a te reo Māori quiz and test your organisation’s knowledge. Use our quiz questions to set-up your own - some are easy, some are hard, so grab some friends and a Māori dictionary!
  • See Pania Papa’s video on easy Māori games to play with no equipment
  • Download some Māori apps and play with your tamariki. See Pāpapa, Pipi Mā Tae, find more apps here.
  • Create and host an online Kahoot quiz with your whānau and friends!
  • Te Whanake provide awesome textbooks for every level to work through at your own pace
  • Tipu on iOS and Android is a game where you memorise new kupu and phrases