Te Reo Māori – Te Ataarangi Method Lesson 1

If you are learning Te Reo Māori using the Te Ataarangi Method and cusininaire rods, I hope that these flashcards will help you consolidate what you are learning in class.

21 Ways to Use Cuisenaire Rods

Please note that my flashcard plugin doesn’t recognize macrons (the tūhoto) so I’ve adopted the old way of doubling the vowel where a macron would normally be present.  This just means that you hold that syllable for longer but it doesn’t change the sound of the vowel at all, just the length.


  • Listen
  • Pay attention
  • Look (here)
    Tiitiro (mai)
  • "Speak (to me), tell me"
    Koorero mai.
  • a stick
    he raakau
  • some sticks
    ngaa raakau
  • Say (it) to me.
    Koorero mai.
  • a red stick
    he raakau whero
  • some yellow sticks
    ngaa raakau koowhai
  • a (sky) blue stick
    he raakau kikorangi
  • some orange sticks
    ngaa raakau karaka
  • a green stick
    he raakau kaakaariki
  • some white sticks
    ngaa raakau maa
  • a black stick
    he raakau mangu
  • some brown sticks
    ngaa raakau paraone
  • a pink stick
    he raakau maawhero