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.
  • Learn how to introduce yourself in te reo Māori.
  • 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.
  • Hear Professor Rawinia Higgins talk about revitalising te reo Māori.
  • Attend your local Kura Whakarauora where experts will help you to create a mahere reo (language plan) for your home, work or community.
  • 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.
  • 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.