Test your Māori language vocab skills with Puna! Are you up for the challenge?

Race against the clock, score points and save your precious water. Then build your own vocab sets to test your whānau and friends.

Who will reign supreme and be a vocab star?

Kia Rite! (Be Ready!)
Build your vocabulary in a range of categories within this module. You can also record your own voice and practise forming letters and spelling words.

To do in this module:
- Swipe through the cards seeing and hearing a variety of words and pictures.
- Record your own voice, temporarily, and compare with the default audio.
- Share the audio recording via email.
- Change the audio or word to the existing cards via the Tautuhinga (Settings) function.
- Practise writing the word in the guided or un-guided mode.
- Select from a range of icons and colours to write with (taiaha, patu, butterfly, truck).
- Play back the un-guided writing.

Wero Hinengaro (Challenge the Mind)
This module will test your knowledge and recall of the vocabulary learned in Kia Rite! This module is timed and you earn points for selecting the correct word or picture, but be careful as points are also lost for incorrect answers. More icons are added as progress through the rounds.

To do in this module:

Play different modes:
Picture mode – a word will show at the top of the screen and you have to select the appropriate picture from the options presented.

Text mode – a picture will show at the top of the screen and you have to select the appropriate word from the options presented.
- Turn the audio on to help you sound out the word.
- Turn the audio off to make it harder.

Wero Mahara (Challenge the Memory)
Race against the clock, a challenger or the computer to match cards and also earn points along the way. Be aware that layers will come from below as you progress through the levels and points are lost for incorrect matches, so watch carefully.

To do in this module:

Play in three different ways:
- Independently
- 2 player (on the one device/computer)
- against the computer

There are also different modes to match the cards including:
- picture – picture
- picture – word
- word – word

Select the level of difficulty – easy, medium, hard.

Wero Tuhi (Challenge the Written)
Test your listening and spelling skills in this challenge. There are hints to help with those tricky words as more letters are added, than what is required to spell the word, as you progress through the levels.

To do in this module:
Play in a range of modes including:
- Seeing an image of the word only
- Seeing an image of the word and hearing the word
- Hearing an audio of the word only
- No clues at all

There are hints that the player can use if they get stuck

Wero Whatu (Challenge the Eyes)
Challenge your observation skills by locating items hidden within 10 different scenes on the island. The words within each of the categories have been split between the scenes and you have to find the hidden items before the time runs out. Move the picture around, zoom in and zoom out to find the items and if it gets too hard, there are hints to help.

To do in this module:

Play in three modes including:
- Seeing an image of the hidden item
- Seeing the word of the hidden item
- Hearing the audio of the hidden item

There are hints to use if it gets too hard which sparkle in the area where the item is hidden.

Find all of the hidden items within each scene (go to the Kauneke (Progress) page to find out how you are progressing).

What's New

Version 1.67

minor bug fixes

Ratings and Reviews

3.7 out of 5

7 Ratings

7 Ratings

My 5 year old loves this app


I think this app is created very well to support our te reo speaking tamariki (children). My son loves the app and has learnt a lot of extra vocabulary. He cannot read yet and still can understand how to play so I think you adults reviewing above and having problems just need to relax and play the games! Or accept it was not made specifically for you! It is not dulingo and I am glad. Love the visual nature of this app and the repetition for learning.

Awesome, but hard

Reo Novice

I think Kura has created something awesome and something that will be very helpful for learners, but as a English speaker it's really hard to understand the layout of the app when it's all in Maori. I think it's a fantastic concept and will be awesome for someone who is more familiar with the language, but as a new learner with basic reo it's really hard to follow. Looking forward to updates and where Kura goes next
Ka pai

Everything is in Maori


As other people have said; it doesn't make sense for the entire app to be in Māori if you're trying to learn Māori in the first place. It would be better if the questions started off in English with Māori answers and as your vocabulary is built, slowly introduce the words into the questions. Otherwise this app is quite redundant. If you can already speak Māori, why use a beginners Māori app?


Te Kura Maori
202.2 MB
Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2014 Te kura Maori


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