“What we’re hoping is this will support staff and students to develop basic te reo skills. Our overarching goal with this whole plan is that, by 2040, 50 percent of staff will demonstrate a basic level of competency in te reo Māori.”

Geremy Hema, UniServices kaiārahi

"Kia ora, Meitaki maata - fabulous app. Ngā mihi nui"

Staff member, The University of Auckland

Te Kūaha – The Doorway

University of Auckland

Rapua, ā ka kitea. Pātukia, ā ka huakina te kūaha, kia taea ai e te katoa te tomo atu

Seek and you shall find. Knock and the door will open for all to enter.

Te Kūaha is an educational resource for University of Auckland staff and students to learn basic te reo Māori and protocol.

Te Kūaha makes the crucial link between language and culture, with content covering te reo Māori pronunciation and expressions, tikanga Māori, and the history and values of the University.

The app is part of a wider programme of work to implement Te taonga nō tua whakarere, he taonga mō āpōpō A treasure from ancient times, and for tomorrow: The University of Auckland Language Plan for the Revitalisation of Te Reo Māori 2020–2025.

The University of Auckland supports the crown’s Māori language strategy Maihi Karauna and the goal of having one million New Zealanders able to speak basic te reo Māori.

Te Kūaha has been developed collaboratively with staff and students who were engaged in developing the concept, sourcing materials, contributing voiceover and providing feedback.

Interactive features within the app support learning for pronunciation of Māori words, introductions, greetings, speeches and acknowledgements, waiata (songs), karakia (invocations and prayers), iwi (tribal groupings and authorities), local geographic features, marae and marae protocol of relevance to the University of Auckland

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