Ngā Pukapuka (Books)

These books may seem a little dated, but I enjoyed them thoroughly and they their lessons were my foundation. There are no online audio resources, audio files and such, but the first book is what really sucked me into te reo. Each chapter has a story that utilizes the words and grammar structures of the language. It took me several months to work through the chapters, which is probably pretty fast for a book of this density, but my background with ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i certainly helped.

A Māori Reference Grammar, by Ray Harlow

If you are a language geek like me, this is a great help. I have some (but not a lot) of linguistic training, so some of it does go over my head. But still a worthwhile investment.

The books are great but the single greatest help to my progress in te reo Māori to date has been the Tariniga podcast from Te Wānanga o Aotearoa. It’s amazing and full know knowledge about te reo Māori, tikanga Māori, and is bilingual, with some episodes largely in te reo Māori. Ka pai!