Auckland Libraries: For the language to survive, it must be spoken

For the language to survive, it must be spoken

Kia ora ai te reo - kōrerotia

Ko te reo te mauri o te mana Māori - The language is the life force of the mana Māori. Te reo Māori is embedded within all aspects of te ao Māori (the Māori world), use these books to grow your understanding and use of te reo Māori.

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Māori made easy

Scotty Morrison

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The complete and accessible guide to learning the Māori language, no matter your knowledge level. Māori made easy allows the reader to take control of their language-learning in an empowering and effective way. Learning Māori couldn't get any easier.

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Māori at home

Scotty Morrison

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An introduction to the Māori language, this pukapuka (book) covers the basics of life in and around a typical Kiwi household. Highly accessible and easy to use - Māori at home is a must for those wanting to create a truly bilingual home environment.

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A Māori word a day

Hēmi Kelly

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Here's an innovative Māori dictionary for all New Zealanders. Through its 365 Māori words, you will learn the following: English translations, word category, notes and background information, and sample sentences, in both te reo Māori and English.

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Q's course in Māori

Quinton Hita

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The easy way to start out in Māori, written and presented by Quinton Hita, fluent reo speaker, former television presenter, actor, producer, director. Q's unique style and approach to breaking down te reo ensures you will never choke on te reo Māori.

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Mai i te kākano

Hēni Jacob

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This book aims to help Māori language speakers and learners sustain more animated, in-depth conversations in Māori. It gives examples of alternative and fun ways to say things in everyday situations. An invaluable resource for all learners of te reo.

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Te rito

Hēni Jacob

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Jacob returns with Te Rito, offering an extensive range of sayings, vocabulary and example sentences - including parts of the body, emotion related words, food, illness, sensory adjectives, and other useful words and phrases to upsize your reo Māori.

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He pātaka kupu

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A Māori-only language resource, compiled over the years by the Māori Language Commission. Containing over 20,000 entries, it is the most comprehensive and authoritative dictionary on the Māori language, written by Māori for Māori with a Māori lens.

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Te kākano

John C. (John Cornelius) Moorfield

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The late Murumāra (Moorfield) created one of the most influential book series that has helped multiple generations of Māori and non Māori find their reo (voice). Coupled with pioneering resources - Te Kākano is one doorway to growing ones reo Māori.

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Ngā pēpeha a ngā tūpuna

Sidney M. Mead

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Ngā pepeha a ngā tūpuna brings together phrases, proverbs, metaphors and colloquialisms influenced by the natural environment, events and human traits. This book takes the effort out of research while revealing the beauty of te reo Māori.

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Ko te Paipera Tapu, arā, Ko te Kāwenata Tawhito me te Kāwenata Hou

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In a time where missionaries were translating and recording kōrero, the non-academic use of te reo Māori was forever enshrined within the Paipera Tapu. One needn't be religious to appreciate the simplicity and beauty of our reo.

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