Te Reo Māori is a Māori language dictionary that is easy to use by searching for Māori or English words. 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.

As well as 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.

Please note that this app is optimised for use on the iPhone 5 or higher iPhones, iPads and 5th generation iPod Touch devices. Other devices may find the app slow to produce search results.

As well as online use, the app is also designed for offline use so it is fully self-contained and doesn't need to be connected to the internet in order to operate. There are currently over 24,000 Māori headwords entries in the database, which will be added to over time.

The Te Reo Maori app is the companion to the popular website and forms part of the Te Whanake Māori Language learning series.

What’s New

Version 4.4

Offline search ranking fix

Ratings and Reviews

3.3 out of 5
36 Ratings

36 Ratings

Robbie NZ ,

Ok - website fabulous

I downloaded this only because I’m often in areas with no signal. And if you’re always in signal don’t bother with this app. Frustrating because has potential to be wonderful.
1. No place to send feedback within app that’s why I’m writing here.
2. When put app into background (for example to check something against dictionary) the app resets itself and starts again.
3. Nice feature for future would be ability to go back over prior searches like you do on a web browser (or at least have a history).

kkhalkett ,

Wonderful but not quite

It’s a wonderful resource. Unfortunately, if you are looking at a term and happen to switch windows to check something, it will reset when you come back.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t have a history of what you search, so when resetting, you don’t have an easy way to get back to what you were doing.
I LOVE the fact that it has audio!! And you can hear how to pronounce the words (most wonderful!!!)
I’d give it 5 stars but there’s a bit to improve (considering it’s a paid app, you’d consider it to be a bit more efficient with the resenting, history, etc)

contextspecific ,

Great content but not working offline

This dictionary is a treasure – I love the textual examples. I would give it 5/5 if only I could get the app to work offline. I don't know what's going wrong – but as an example if you search "red" online you get "whero", but offline the closest you get is "hīwera". I am using IOS 10.3.3. Please can this be fixed!


AUT University
227.6 MB

Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.



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