"This app caps off a significant year for Māori and te reo in Pōneke. This is a continuation on the strong foundations laid by Te Tauihu o Te Reo Māori, the Māori Language policy created to celebrate te reo Māori and support the revitalisation of the language within Council activities and Wellington City, ultimately supporting Pōneke in becoming a bilingual city by 2040 – 200 years since the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi.”

Karepa Wall, Wellington City Council’s Tātai Heke Māori

"The Mahau app rocks! Mahau is a useful tool for anyone to pick up and use. It might be that you are looking for a place name within Wellington City, or the correct pronunciation of a word to give confidence to its use. Either way the written and oral functions give the user a sense of confidence with its use.”

Lee Hunter, Tumu Whakarae Chief Executive, Port Nicholson Block Settlement Trust

Wellington City Council – Mahau

Taranaki Whānui, Ngāti Toa and Wellington City Council are excited to launch Mahau, a new Māori language app to celebrate, encourage and share te reo Māori in Te Whanganui-a-Tara.

Mahau was developed alongside Mana Whenua to enable the community to give te reo Māori a go any day and anywhere.

The app will also help users engage, speak and understand our local dialects of te reo Māori.

Mahau is a free, easy-to-use, interactive app to help locals and visitors  get started on their reo journey with phrases created specifically for Wellington City.

It even includes Wellington destinations and place names to help the user to build their own pepeha and mihimihi!

Mahau is for the whole whānau, here’s one whānau approaching learning together.


  • Swipe-to-Read™
  • Touch-to-Hear™
  • Touch-to-Spell™
  • Record your narration
  • Multiple languages