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Māori - Māori

All of our libraries have children's books in te reo Māori available to borrow, and many have special storytimes and other events in te reo too. Explore what's on offer below!

A woman sits with her child, reading aloud from a children's book in te reo Māori, with a small pile of te reo books and one of the library's Te Reo Kete next to them.

Pukapuka Hou - New books in te reo Māori

Events and Activities

Many of our libraries run events and activities in te reo Māori. Visit our event calendar to see the full list of upcoming events for tamariki featuring te reo Māori, or about te ao Māori.

All of our regular programmes for preschoolers, including Preschool Storytime and Baby Rock and Rhyme, include content in te reo Māori.

Whāngaia tō Tama Toa ki te pānui pukapuka! Nohinohi Reorua (Bilingual Little Ones) is one of our most popular programmes featuring pūrākau, pakiwaitara, waiata, karakia, and rotarota in te reo Māori for tamariki aged 2-6. Find out when and where it's happening in the table below:

Nohinohi Reorua times and locations
Location Day Time

Waitohi | Johnsonville

1st Tuesday of the month

10.30am

Te Māhanga | Karori

2nd Tuesday of the month

10.30am

Motu-kairangi | Miramar

3rd Thursday of the month

10.30am

Ngā Puna Waiora | Newtown

3rd Wednesday of the month

10.30am

Tawa Community Centre

Last Wednesday of the month

11.00am

Stories Online

Our YouTube channel features a number of storytimes in te reo Māori and other videos, such as craft tutorials, celebrating te ao Māori.

Our Pakiwaitara Māori playlist is a great place to start exploring – check it out now!

Kōhikohinga Māori - Māori Collection

All of our branches contain books in te reo Māori, and about te ao Māori, for tamariki and whānau. Use the lists below to get started in exploring our collection, or ask your friendly local librarian for help next time you visit!

Pakiwaitara | Books in te reo Māori

These books are written entirely in te reo Māori, and range in difficulty from books for babies all the way up to chapter books for older tamariki.

Whakamāori | Books in translation

Here you'll find te reo editions of books that were first published in other languages. They range from picture books for pepī all the way to chapter books for older tamariki.

Pukapuka reorua | Bilingual readers

These books are written in a mixture of te reo Māori and te reo Ingarihi (English), making them a great choice for those who are building their fluency in te reo Māori.

Pukapuka pēpī | Books for babies

These books are written in te reo Māori and printed on sturdy board pages – perfect for little hands to explore!

Matareo | Learning te reo

These books will help you start your te reo Māori learning journey. You can also access a fun te reo course for kids with your library card on LanguageNut.

Pūrākau | Myths and Legends

These books contain Māori traditional legends, stories, and histories, and can be written in either te reo Māori or te reo Ingarihi (English), or both.

īPukapuka | eBooks

Visit Libby to find a selection of eBooks for tamariki in te reo Māori.