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He Pātaka Kupu - te kai a te rangatira

Monolingual Māori Language Dictionary

'He Pātaka Kupu - te kai a te rangatira' is the first monolingual Māori language dictionary produced for adults. It has  approximately 24,000 entries and is a rich Māori language resource for highly proficient speakers and learners.

Further information about buying He Pātaka Kupu: 

  • Soft cover versions of He Pātaka Kupu are available from leading bookstores.
  • Soft cover copies retail for $52.00 (including GST).
  • Dictionaries can be bought from leading bookstalls or email Unity Books:
  •  Buyers outside New Zealand can buy the dictionary via this link: nzbooksabroad
  •  All bookstores can order the dictionary directly from the publisher. You may need to ask the bookstore to arrange this. This should not incur further costs.






Ī-papakupu - Monlingual Online Māori Dictionary
by Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori.
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A Dictionary of Māori Language
by H.W. Williams
To view an electronic copy of this dictionary go to  

English/Māori - Māori/English
Published by Learning Media Limited, Wellington, New Zealand
(The Ngata Dictionary is available online)


Wakareo ā-ipurangi
English/Māori - Māori/English
Searchable Mäori-English and English-Mäori dictionaries
( Wakareo ā-ipurangi is a an on-line subscription based service)


Reed Dictionary Of Modern Māori
by PM Ryan
Contains over 45,000 concise entries divided into Māori-English and English-Māori sections.
Published by Raupō (see Penguin).


Reed Concise Māori Dictionary
A.W. Reed, revised by T.S. Karetu
An invaluable reference providing a list of words and their equivalents in Māori and English.
Published by Raupō (see Penguin).


Reed Essential Māori Dictionary
Margaret Sinclair and Ross Calman
This introductory Maori dictionary is simple and concise. It is very user-friendly.
Published by Raupō (see Penguin)


Reed Pocket Dictionary of Modern Māori
P.M. Ryan
Designed with the user in mind, this dictionary is a useful source for speakers of English and Māori at any level.
Published by Raupō (see Penguin).


Reed Māori Picture Dictionary
Margaret Sinclair and Ross Calman
The Reed Māori Picture Dictionary contains of 1,300 illustrations of the most common Māori words.
Published by Raupō (see Penguin).


Reed Reference Grammar of Māori
Winifred Bauer
This comprehensive Māori grammar is an invaluable reference for those teaching and learning Māori at an advanced level.
Published by Raupō (see Penguin).


The Complete English-Māori Dictionary
by Bruce Biggs


Te Whanake - Māori - English Dictionary
This Māori dictionary has modern and everyday language useful for learners of Māori.

A Modern Māori Picture Dictionary
Published by Oxford Books

First Words in Māori (Picture Dictionary)
Oxford Books

Other phrase and word books

Te Matatiki
by Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori.
Contemporary Māori words that have been coined by the Māori Language Commission.
Oxford Books

Māori for the Office
by Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori.
Write letters in Māori, use office terms, answer the phone in Māori, advertise situations vacant etc.
Oxford Books