Te Reo Māori is a Māori language dictionary that is easy to use by searching for Māori or English words. As well as English meanings, it has example sentences with translations for many entries. It even has photographs and audio clips for Aotearoa/New Zealand native fauna and photographs of flora, important people and other items where a photograph will aid understanding.

As well as the words one would expect in a traditional dictionary, it also has encyclopaedic entries designed to provide key information about plants, animals, stars, planets, heavenly bodies, important Māori people, key ancestors of traditional narratives, tribal groups, ancestral canoes, song types, musical instruments, Māori names for institutions, country names, place names and other proper names. There are also detailed explanations of key concepts central to Māori culture. Comprehensive explanations for grammatical items are included, with examples of usage, as are idioms and colloquialisms with their meanings and examples.

Please note that this app is optimised for use on the iPhone 5 or higher iPhones, iPads and 5th generation iPod Touch devices. Other devices may find the app slow to produce search results.

As well as online use, the app is also designed for offline use so it is fully self-contained and doesn't need to be connected to the internet in order to operate. There are currently over 24,000 Māori headwords entries in the database, which will be added to over time.

The Te Reo Maori app is the companion to the popular website and forms part of the Te Whanake Māori Language learning series.

What’s New

Version 4.4

Offline search ranking fix

Ratings and Reviews

3.1 out of 5
27 Ratings
27 Ratings
Alessandramcgill ,

DONT BUY THE APP! Has glitches

I only just downloaded the app and have already noticed a few glitches. One being when offline you can’t listen to what the sounds are which is annoying. Another being saved words you save to favourites cannot scroll all through the words for some reason the scrolling method doesn’t work so can only see a select fee. Save your money and don’t buy the app! When typing in a word incorrect it should come up with other options but it doesn’t.

DanielsHere ,

Great App!

Would be even better if it suggested similar alternatives when you spell something wrong. Also for learning it would be awesome if there was a word of the day notification so you could frequently be exposed to new words without having to actively seek them out.

Granty-HB-NZ ,

No audio - Fixed!

Update -
Realised not long ago that when my phone is set to silent that the audio didn’t work on this app.
This has been fixed now and the app is working as expected!
Updated the rating to reflect.

I was rather excited to get this app but after purchasing and installing it I am very disappointed.
The main reason is the audio function doesn’t work which was my only reason for spending $6.99!
I can’t even find anyone or anyway to contact the app developer.
You get the same, well actually more, from the FREE website version which has the audio component.
I’m running the app on an iPhone X and it’s fully up to date.


AUT University
227.6 MB
Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
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