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Te wiki o te reo Māori - Māori Language Week

This year Te Wiki o te reo Māori (Māori Language Week) runs from 13 ki 19 Mahuru (13 to 19 September).

The theme is Kia Kaha te Reo Māori which translates to let's make the Māori language strong.

We've included some handy resources for learning te reo below.

Te Reo Māori: the basics explained by David Kārena-Holmes

449.442 KAR

A simple but thorough guide to the building blocks of grammar in te reo, showing how to create phrases, sentences and paragraphs. After an introductory chapter on pronunciation and written forms of the language, 17 chapters introduce the main base words, particles and determiners that guide their use. The book employs real-life examples to illustrate how Māori grammar works day to day.

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Māori Made Easy by Scotty Morrison

499.442 MOR (also available digitally)

The complete and accessible guide to learning the Māori language, no matter your knowledge level. While dictionaries list words and their definitions, and other language guides offer common phrases, Māori Made Easy connects the dots, allowing the reader to take control of their learning in an empowering way. By committing just 30 minutes a day for 30 weeks, learners will adopt the language easily and as best suits their busy lives. Written by popular TV personality and te reo Māori advocate Scotty Morrison, author of The Raupō Phrasebook of Modern Māori, this book proves that learning the language can be fun, effective - and easy!

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The Raupō Phrasebook of Modern Māori: the user friendly guide for all New Zealanders by Scotty Morrison

499.442 MOR

This phrasebook covers dialects, grammar and pronunciation; answers to key questions; idioms and slang; proverbs and speeches; and provides information on the ever-changing history of te reo Maori. Useful vocabulary lists are also given for each section.

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A Māori Phrase a Day: 365 phrases to kickstart your reo by Hēmi Kelly

499.442 KEL (also available digitally)

A Māori Phrase a Day offers a simple, fun and practical entry into the Māori language. Through its 365 phrases, you will learn the following: everyday uses, English translations, factoids and memory devices, handy word lists. Presenting the most common, relevant and useful phrases today, A Māori Phrase a Day is the perfect way to continue your te reo journey!

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Teach Your Dog Māori by Anne Cakebread

499.442 CAK (also available digitally)

A light-hearted, fully-illustrated retro-style picture book with 50+ words and phrases you can use to practise your Māori with your best furry friend. Suitable as a first introduction to Māori for learners of all ages, for tourists who would like a fun way to pick up a few basic words when visiting New Zealand, and as a revision book for adults who haven't used their Māori for a while. Many of the words and phrases can also be used in non dog-related situations!

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A Māori Word a Day: 365 words to kickstart your reo by Hēmi Kelly

499.4 KEL

An incredibly simple, effective and fun Maori dictionary for all New Zealanders. A Māori Word a Day offers an easy, instant and motivating entry into the Māori language. Through its 365 Māori words, you will learn the following: English translations, word category, notes and background information, sample sentences, in both te reo Maori and English. Exploring the most common, modern and colloquial words in Maori today, A Maori Word a Day is the perfect way to kickstart your te reo!

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