Learn a song or short mihi (greeting) in Te Reo Māori

These waiata (songs) are freely available to anyone interested in learning songs in te reo Māori.

These songs are sang by staff at Te Ara Poutama, Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Development.

Download as a mp3 or m4a

You can download these waiata as mp3s for your player or as m4a files which have a video component providing visuals of the lyrics to help you learn.

You can enter this url: http://Blackboard.aut.ac.nz/podcasts/21115/index.xml when subscribing to podcasts through the iTunes media player.

He kohikohinga waiata (collection of songs):

Aue te Aroha:

This waiata is a song appropriate for welcoming visitors.  The lyrics along with a melodious air resonates 'aroha' love and affection for all visitors irrespective of religion, race or creed. mp3 and m4a

Haere mai:

A song of welcome sung by Inia te Wiata in 1966.  This waiata welcomes all peoples onto the marae, the place where Māori tikanga (customs and protocols) may be practiced and taught as a means of upholding the teachings of our ancestors. mp3 and m4a

He Honore:

Commonly know as a 'himene' or hymn, this is a waiata of praise to the Lord and prays for peace and tranquility to all. mp3 and m4a

He koha pounamu:

Composed by Julian Wilcox and to the air of 'Hurt' by The Manhattans, this waiata praises the Lord for the treasure gifted to all - 'Te reo Māori'.  Another theme within this waiata is that we nurture and foster te reo Māori as once our ancestors did, likening the cultural prestiege of 'pounamu' or greenstone, to te reo Māori.  mp3 and m4a

Ka noho nei au:

Composed by Ngamaru Raerino, this waiata koroua is chanted telling the story of ones trials and tribulations of ones quest for 'mātauranga' or knowledge within the city environment. [ mp3 and m4a]

Ko taku waka:

A song eagerly anticipating the eventual arrival to a close friends marae or house, and knowing that they will be hosted with peace, love and tranquility, as well as kaimoana (seafood). [mp3 and m4a]


This waiata advocates we hold fast to the teachings of our ancestors, teachings that brings forth enlightenment and understanding, for Maori and for all peoples of the world. [mp3 and m4a]

Tomo mai:

Henare Waitoa composed this song in Ruatoria in 1946 to welcome home survivors of the 28th Maori Battalion.  Later, a happier, more lyrical party version evolved in Rotorua and popularized by the Howard Morrison Quartet. [mp3 and m4a]

Learn how to create your own mihi (greeting)

Here you can learn a short greeting in Te Reo Māori [mp3 and m4a]


Last updated: 09-Nov-2016 9.35am

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