Site Aims

This site provides authoritative information on the Māori language of New Zealand. The main focus is the structure of Māori, Māori language revitalization efforts and Māori-medium education.

In the past (prior to setting up this site) I have contributed Māori information to other sites. Many of these sites are now out of date, contain errors or overly simplify things. For example, the Māori Language Commission's website that claims

digraphs are two letters that combine to form one sound
This is not correct. A digraph is two letters that represent a single sound.

Many Māori online and print resources mistakenly claim that all Māori vowel sequences are diphthongs. Information given on Māori language pronunciation is often well meaning, but extremely naive. The Wikipedia Māori language entry has many errors. Other Māori language sites are clearly commercial or politically orientated with little interest in accuracy.

At present this website consists of FAQs, two annotated bibliographies and basic information (mainly brief descriptions with references to more detailed explanations) mostly as a result of user requests. It also has links to good and recently released resources.

A lot has changed since I set the website up in 2003. Māori resources have begun to move beyond print only. Increasingly materials are available online, or in eBook formats or as tablet/smartphone apps. Unfortunately quality has not necessarily improved.

I maintain this site in my own free time for the benefit of all. I own the domain name Maorilanguage.info which means I have complete control of site content. No organisation or group provides any financial assistance for maintaining these pages. The views expressed here are my own, with input from other (mostly New Zealand) linguists.

I have received many requests from organisations wanting to take over my site, demanding I add links to their sites or wanting to commercialise it with advertising etc. The site will always be free.

In early 2016 I realised that the site needed a complete overall to make it mobile/tablet friendly. This Bootstrap 3 version went live on 9 January 2017. Some content needs to be updated.

Finally, feedback and comments very much appreciated. Thanks to those who have provided comments and picked up mistakes.

The first version of this site went online on 1 August 2003.

Page last updated 14 April 2017