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Introducing Kupu, a Spark-sponsored app that uses the camera in your phone to instantly translate objects into te reo Māori.

Powered by Google technology and knowledge from the Te Aka Māori Dictionary, Kupu provides a new way to experience the language. It’s really easy to use – just take a photo of an everyday object (or upload your own) and see it translated in real time. You can save the translated image, share it or have another go.

As Kupu relies on the latest Machine Learning technology it may not get it right every time, but we’re working hard to improve it. You can help us by using the Translation Feedback feature to log any translations that don’t seem right.

We hope you enjoy using Kupu to explore the world of te reo Māori.

For a more comprehensive te reo Māori learning experience, check out http://maoridictionary.co.nz

Te Aka Māori Dictionary is a product of the life’s work of Professor John C. Moorfield (1943 – 2018). A humble and unassuming man of Pākehā descent, Prof. Moorfield was highly respected in the Māori community, and was affectionately known as Te Murumāra. Without John’s advocacy and dedication to the revitalisation of the Māori language we would not have such a comprehensive and rich resource to draw on.

Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
92 Ratings
92 Ratings
P Lattey ,

needs international availability

I love this app so much but it’s so sad that it’s not available to our whanau overseas! Aotearoa has so many expats who are so proud of their culture and would love to share it with those around them, and making this app available to them would be a wonderful way to do that, and send them aroha from back home.

Nickname James 007 ,


Really love this app! Would be great if it made a folder so you can save your translations, then look them up easily next time. Really impressed with this app though and such a great way for people to learn Reo well done!

KarenTWilliams ,

A real joy to use!

Thank you for this lovely app! So much fun to use with my children, and an easy way to pick up some extra words in Te Reo Maori - we love it! Easy to use and brilliant to have the pronunciations built in.


Spark New Zealand Trading Limited
83.6 MB

Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.



Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2018 Spark New Zealand Limited


  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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