Mâori Dictionary Online
Tênâ koe. Nau mai ki Te Aka. Welcome to the online version of Te Aka Mâori-English, English-Mâori Dictionary and Index. This online Mâori dictionary is aimed at providing quick access but it is recommended that you also purchase the hard copy for use in class and when you are not online.
As well as the words one would expect in a traditional dictionary, Te Aka has encyclopaedic entries including the names of plants and animals (especially native and endemic species), stars, planets and heavenly bodies, important Mâori people, key ancestors of traditional narratives, tribal groups and ancestral canoes. Mâori names for institutions, country names, place names and other proper names are also provided. There are also explanations of key concepts central to Mâori culture. Comprehensive explanations for grammatical items are included, with examples of usage, as are idioms and colloquialisms with their meanings and examples. These have all been included because they are important in communicating in a Mâori context, and contribute to understanding and speaking the language in a natural way.