Guide to language courses, resources, whakataukī, local place names and more...
Kāpiti Coast District Libraries have started offering short Te Reo Māori courses at different branches throughout the year. These provide an introduction to Te Reo in a friendly and relaxed setting. Click below to register your interest in future classes.
Below are some local providers offering Māori language courses:
You can also check out these online courses:
- Māorilanguage.net - Learn basics of Te Reo Maori with free video lessons on pronunciation, phrase drills, alphabet, Māori dictionaries, haka, Māori waiata / songs.
- Te Whanake - Māori language learning online series - resources, Māori dictionary, podcasts, animated movies, forums and other online resources and activities.
- Tōku Reo - a language learning show based on the comprehensive Te Whanake language course created by Professor John Moorfield.
Each year Kāpiti Coast District Libraries offers a range of activities and events to celebrate Te Wiki o te Reo Māori and encourage widespread participation.
Te Reo Māori Story Time at Paraparaumu Library.
Te Reo Māori Zumba at Ōtaki Library. This was so much fun!
He aha ra tāu tino kupu Māori? Customers wrote their favourite Te Reo Māori words library windows throughout the district.
To celebrate Te Wiki o te Reo Māori - Māori Language Week - 2016 and Shakespeare 400 the library has produced six posters featuring local young people and the words of Shakespeare translated into te reo Māori.
Special bilingual Tamariki Times happen at our branches throughout the year.
Come to the library for stories in both English and Māori. Singing, music, crafts and fun in both languages.
Nau mai, haere mai. Check our events page for listings or contact the library to arrange a special session.
Each month a member of the Heritage & Māori Collections team chooses a whakataukī (Māori proverb or saying) for display in the library.
An archive of past whakataukī, can be found here.
Kāpiti Coast District Libraries has Te Reo Māori names for its different branches and collections.
- Ngā Mātāpuna ā Kupu – The Source of Words (Kāpiti Coast District Libraries)
- Te Whare Whakamātau o Paraparaumu – The House of Knowledge (Paraparaumu Library)
- Te Whare Whakamātau o Waikanae - The House of Knowledge (Waikanae Library)
- Te Whare Pukapuka o Ōtaki – The House of Books (Ōtaki Library)
- Te Wā Kainga – Home (Heritage & Māori Collections space – Paraparaumu Library)
- Te Matahīapo – Treasured Possession (Māori Collection – Adult)
Kāpiti is an abbreviation of Te Waewae Kapiti o Tara rāua ko Rangitāne, and refers to the historical dividing line between the tribal lands of the Ngāi Tara and Rangitāne peoples. Below are some other local place names and their common translations:
|Kāpiti||joining (or boundary) place|
|Paekākāriki||hill of the parakeet|
|Paraparaumu||scraps from an earth oven|
|Ōtaihanga||place made by the tide|
|Reikōrangi||gate to heaven|
|Te Horo||the landslide|
|Ōtaki||place of sticking a staff into the ground|
|Horowhenua||the great landslide|
Nau mai kia tirotiro haeretia ngā wāhi o tō tatou nei rohe! Come along and have a look around places in our District!
If you would like to know more about local place names you may want to read these books from our collection:
- The Kāpiti Coast : Māori tribal history and place names of the Paekākāriki-Ōtaki district by W.C (Wakahuia) Carkeek
- A Dictionary of Māori Place Names by
- A.W. Reed
- Horowhenua : its Maori place-names & their topographic & historical background by G. Leslie Adkin.
The New Zealand Gazetteer of Place Names (the Gazetteer) holds all official names for features within the New Zealand Geographic Board’s coverage. It also has other information, such as Māori place names that have macrons , Māori Pā names, Treaty of Waitangi Settlement names and useful links.
You may also be interested in the legend of Haunui-a-Nanaia an ancestor famous for naming various landmarks and tributaries along the western and southern parts of the North Island, including the rivers from Whanganui to Waikanae.
Te Reo Māori books: Scroll through a full list of our Māori language resources displayed in the gallery at the bottom of this page. Click on the cover image for further details.
Selected Resources from our collection:
- Cultureflow - Māori Language programme for Beginners. Includes 2 x CD-ROM + audio disc
- Q’s course in Māori - A beginner’s course for all ages and backgrounds - Audiobook cassette read by Quinton Hita and Ngamaru Raerino.
- Pronounce Māori with confidence - This book and CD set gives the basics of how to pronounce Maori correctly, while teaching a little of the language to be used in everyday life. Includes examples of language in use in a variety of settings, including in the home, at the supermarket, at the beach, and on the sports field.
- Let’s learn Māori - An advanced course in the Māori language by Bruce Biggs. Two CD set.
- Mai i te kākano nā Hēni Jacob - Gives examples of alternative and fun ways to say things in everyday situations.
- English-Māori dictionary by H. M. Ngata - The most comprehensive English to Māori dictionary used today.
- A Dictionary of the Māori Language by Herbert Williams - A comprehensive Māori to English dictionary.
- Te Aka : Maori-English, English-Maori dictionary and index by John C. Moorfield - Has a broader scope than traditional dictionaries, includes key concepts, idioms and colloquialisms.
- Te Kete Kupu: 300 essential words in Māori by Maria Hunia - Alphabetical list of Māori words, with each word used in a sentence.
- He Pātaka Kupu: te kai a te rangatira Te Taura Whiri - Contains over 20,000 entries. Draws on a wide corpus of written material in Te Reo.
Online dictionaries and translators: