The Māori-English Bilingual Signage: A guide for best practice is a resource produced by Te Puni Kōkiri and Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori to increase and improve bilingual signage throughout Aotearoa New Zealand.

The guide is packed full of good tips on how organisations can engage with Māori communities and support te reo Māori to be more visible through signage.

Māori-English Bilingual Signage: A guide for best practice

This guide is part of the Government’s strategy to help revitalise our taonga, te reo Māori. It includes background information on how and why the guide was developed as well as a quick reference overview and tips to help an organisation develop a Bilingual Signage Action Plan.

The guide was the result of a Cabinet directive and released by the Minister for Māori Development on 9 November 2016.

Media Release: Guide to make Māori language more visible

Principles of Bilingual Signage

There are four key principles to follow to develop high quality bilingual signage.

  1. Responsive and accessible services
  2. Visibility of language
  3. Equality of language
  4. Quality of language

Download our A3 poster with information about the four key principles to help inform your Bilingual Signage Action Plan [PDF, 157KB].

Design Tips

Several simple DOs and DON’Ts will help organisations meet the four key principles of good quality bilingual signage.

Download our A3 poster of Design Tips for bilingual signs [PDF, 136KB].

Lists of common signs in te reo Māori

Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori has lists of signs and translations that you can use if you want to develop bilingual signs around your workplace.

Check out the lists on Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori website.

Watch the video

Tap along to this classic bilingual song from the Quin Tikis and see how easy it is for anyone to follow bilingual signs.

Thanks to Rim D. Paul and Stebbing Recording Centre / Zodiac Records for the use of this bilingual song Poi Poi Twist.

Take our quiz

This quick and fun quiz will show you how easy it is to follow bilingual signs – even if you don’t speak, or are just learning, te reo Māori.

Events and Updates

Latest events and updates for this section are listed below.

  • He Kura E Huna Ana

    • Date: 22 June 2018
    • Time: 7 pm – 8 pm

    Acclaimed te reo Māori production He Kura E Huna Ana is touring the North Island for the first time in 2018.

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    • Registration required
    • Organiser: Taki Rua Productions
  • Te Tairāwhiti Kapa Haka Regional Competitions 2018

    • Date: 26 May 2018 to 27 May 2018

    This year Te Tairawhiti under the mantle of ‘Tamararo’ host the 65th annual kapa haka competitions at the Gisborne Houhoupiko Showgrounds from 26 - 27 May.

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    • Open to the public, no booking required
    • Organiser: Tairāwhiti Cultural Development Trust Inc

    • Date: 03 January 2018

    This 1-day event is a time to celebrate family values and kinship in a fun atmosphere of friendly competition and healthy lifestyle.

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    • Open to the public, no booking required
    • Organiser: Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou

    • Date: 01 January 2018
    • Time: 4am – 9am

    This celebration provides the opportunity for Ngāti Porou and manuhiri to welcome in the new year and the first rays of Tama-Nui-Te -Ra aloft our sacred mountain - Hikurangi.

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    • Open to the public, no booking required
    • Organiser: Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou
  • Agreement to pardon Rua Kēnana

    • Date: 22 September 2017

    The uri of Rua Kēnana remain stigmatized by the convictions of their tūpuna and still feel the hardships caused by Crown troops.

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