Learning Te Reo Māori


Rotorua blessed with Te Reo Māori​ learning resource creators.

Many members of the Rotorua community have contributed to revitalising te reo Māori and Rotorua Library has numerous resources to help you if you would like to learn or improve your te reo Māori.

Come along to a friendly and free session held at the library every Monday; a te reo class for beginners.  Run by Wiremu Keepa, the class is composed of a mixture of competencies but everyone is learning and keen to awhi others along the way. Read more about  Kōpūpūtai i te reo Māor​i​.

Below we have profiled the works of three authors with links to the Rotorua area, Scotty Morrison, Dr Rapata Wiri and John Foster. If you are looking to learn te reo Māori​ look out for language guides and textbooks from these experts. There is something for all learners whether you are a beginner or further along your learning path.


Scotty Morrison

Scotty Morrison won the award for for contribution to Te Reo and Tikanga at last year’s Māori Language Awards. Between presenting on Te Karere, acting in the Merchant of Venice and being part of Te Reo Wainene o Tua, Scotty and wife Stacey Morrison have recently published a new book Māori at home. Māori at home focuses on helping families introduce te reo Māori through everyday activities in the home. Scotty Morrison who is from Rotorua and of Ngāti Whakaue descent has published two previous Maori language books, Māori made easy and The Raupo Phrasebook of Modern Māori.

John Foster

Originally from England, John Foster took the initiative to learn te reo Māori shortly after arriving in Rotorua. He is passionate about te reo Māori and about teaching the language to others. He has developed a systematic approach to learning te reo Māori through years of teaching evening classes in Rotorua, study and use of te reo in his own life. His book, He Whakamarama: A Full Self-help Course in Māori gives straightforward explanations, a logical sequence to allow rapid progress, and revision exercises to reinforce understanding. Rotorua Library is very lucky to have several other resources produced by John Foster available for use including He pukapukaawhina, he mea iti = A helpful little book which focuses on aspects of te reo Māori that many learners struggle with.

Dr. Rapata Wiri

Dr Rapata Wiri is currently a Professor at Te Whare Wananga o Awanuirangi. He studied at Rotorua Boys High School and lives in Rotorua. As well as writing Te reo taketake ko te pū : a Māori language course for beginners, Dr Rapata Wiri developed the first ever Māori Language Course App with Waiariki Polytechnic in 2014, Te PumanawaHis book can be used as a self-directed coursebook or as a teaching resource. It is an ideal book for adult and younger students.


To find Māori language learning resources in Rotorua Library, look under the Dewey number 499.4 in the Māori Non-Fiction collection or talk with our staff who will be happy to help.


Page reviewed: 18 Feb 2020 2:25pm