Te Aka Māori Dictionary 4+


Designed for iPad

    • $5.99



Te Aka is a Māori language dictionary that is easy to use by searching for Māori or English words. It includes the ability to filter search results, and to save definitions to a Favourites list. There are currently over 24,000 Māori headword entries in the database, which is being added to over time. An offline dictionary has also been included when internet connectivity is not available.

As well as English meanings, it has example sentences with translations for many entries. It even has photographs and audio clips for Aotearoa/New Zealand native fauna and photographs of flora, important people and other items where a photograph will aid understanding.

In addition to the words one would expect in a traditional dictionary, it also has encyclopaedic entries designed to provide key information about plants, animals, stars, planets, heavenly bodies, important Māori people, key ancestors of traditional narratives, tribal groups, ancestral canoes, song types, musical instruments, Māori names for institutions, country names, place names and other proper names. There are also detailed explanations of key concepts central to Māori culture. Comprehensive explanations for grammatical items are included, with examples of usage, as are idioms and colloquialisms with their meanings and examples.

The Te Aka Maori app is the companion to the popular www.maoridictionary.co.nz website and forms part of the Te Whanake Māori Language learning series.

What’s New

Version 6.0.2

- Favourites can now be organised into folders
- A new quiz feature has been added

Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
5 Ratings

5 Ratings

donsky1848 ,

Need to be able to scroll favourites

I find the App a great resource for learning new words. I’ve saved more words and phrases to my favourites than will fit on one page and am unable to scroll down to see the remaining entries. I’d be grateful if you could fix this.

czgagshxh ,

3 bc…..

I rated this app a three because I tried installing the app bc my mum did it and I wanted to join her journey

Geonick1 ,

Comprehensive but slow

I bought this app mainly so that I could translate place names and Maori words on the fly, much as you would with a paper dictionary. As the developers say, for earlier generation iPod Touches, it is slow - too slow, really, to be useful. To search a database for a simple word can take 20-30 seconds.

I would suggest the developers redesign the results page so that the app rapidly presents the most likely couple of meanings, and then has options to explore idiom, quotations and suggest context. To do all this every time is unnecessary and slows the app down. As it is, it would be far quicker to use a real dictionary.

App Privacy

The developer, TE MURUMARA FOUNDATION, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer's privacy policy.

Data Not Linked to You

The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • Usage Data
  • Diagnostics

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More


  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members can use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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