Setting up the Māori keyboard on a Windows computer

Windows 7, 8

  1. Click on the Start menu/Windows icon > Go to Control Panel > Click on Clock, Language, and Region > Region and Language.
  2. In the dialog box, navigate to the Keyboards and Languages tab and click Change keyboards...

    Note: If it says English (New Zealand) — Māori, then it's already set up.

  3. Click the Add button. Scroll down to English (New Zealand), expand the Keyboard options and click Show More.
  4. Find Māori in the list and tick it, then click OK.
    • If you can't find Māori in the list, then in the same dialog box, scroll down to Maori (New Zealand), expand the Keyboard options and select Māori, then click OK.
  5. Change the Default input language bar at the top of the window to display English (New Zealand) — Māori or Māori (New Zealand).

    To switch languages quickly, in the system tray (bottom right–hand corner of the screen), there should be a MR sign which indicates the system default input language. Click on it to see the options and select the language you want to switch to.

Windows 10

  1. Click on the Windows start button, then click on the Settings icon.
  2. Click on the Time & Language setting, then click on the Language or Region and Language setting on the left–hand menu.
  3. The language should be set to English (New Zealand). Use Add a Language to change this if necessary.
  4. Click on English Language (New Zealand), then click on the Options button.
  5. Click Add a keyboard and scroll down to select Māori QWERTY keyboard.
  6. Close the Settings window.
  7. To enable Māori macrons, click ENG in the bottom right–hand corner of the task bar.
  8. Click on the keyboard you want to use i.e. English (New Zealand) Māori keyboard.

Setting up the Māori keyboard on a Mac computer

Mac versions higher than 10.8 also feature the Character Accent Menu that allows you to hold down a key as you are typing and after a moment a list of different accented characters will appear with numbers below. You then type the number of the character you wish to use.

Mac 10.11 and later

  1. Click on the Apple icon in the top left–hand corner and open System Preferences > Keyboard.
  2. Go to the Input Sources tab. Click on the + sign and scroll down the input methods list until you find Māori.
  3. Select to add to the list. Make sure that Show Input menu in menu bar is checked at the bottom as this allows you to switch between languages.
  4. To switch languages, click on the country flag icon located in the top right–hand corner of the screen, you can then view the language options available and switch between them easily.

Mac 10.10 and earlier

  1. Click on the Apple icon in the top left–hand corner and open System Preferences > Keyboard.
  2. Click on the Input Sources tab and scroll down the input methods list until you find Māori. Tick this box.
  3. At the bottom of the dialogue window, tick Show Input menu in menu bar so you can easily switch back at the top of the screen if required.

Typing a macron on a computer

To type a macron with the Māori keyboard, press the tilde key (~) then type a vowel. This works for both Windows and Mac computers. For Mac users, you can also hold down the Alt/Option key and type the vowel.

When using the Māori keyboard, everything about the keyboard remains the same, except for a few special key combinations. For the most part, your ability to write or spell check in English will be unaffected.

Typing a macron on a mobile device

iOS (iPhone, iPad)

Press and hold a vowel to select the macron version from the displayed menu.

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The standard language package for most Android devices allows you to press and hold a vowel to select the macron version from the displayed menu, however this does not include ō for some users. A workaround for this is to add te reo Māori for predictive text in any app that uses a keyboard. To do this on most Android devices:

  1. Open the Messages app.
  2. Go to Settings and find the languages options. On some devices this is under Languages and types, Languages & input, or Language & Keyboard.
  3. Enter "Maori" in the Search field or find it in the list of available languages. Depending on the version of Android and device you are using you may need to install a language package from the Google App store.
  4. Return to the Messages app.
  5. Swipe the spacebar to change the predictive text language. Type in a word such as “toku”, and predictive text options appear, one of which is “tōku”.

Some devices will only allow installation of two predictive text languages.

Enable AutoCorrect option for Māori words in Windows 10

  1. Check that the Māori keyboard is on.
  2. Open Word > create a Blank document.
  3. Go to File > Options > Proofing.
  4. Under AutoCorrect options > Select AutoCorrect Options…
  5. Add the word and then the word with a macron.
    • Use the tilde (~) symbol key and then the vowel to create the macron.
  6. Click Add.
  7. Repeat as necessary.
  8. Once finished, click OK to close the windows.
  9. Once you have closed and opened the Microsoft applications (Word, Outlook, etc.), AutoCorrect will place macrons.

Further information

The Using Māori in the University ebook has information about when you should use macrons in emails, websites, etc.:

Using Māori in the University (PDF 360KB)

Visit the Kupu O Te Rā website for instructions on how to add Māori language proofing tools to Microsoft Word so you can use a te reo Māori spellchecker:

Writing in te reo Māori in Microsoft Word

If you need further assistance setting up or using the Māori keyboard on your computer, contact AskOtago

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Google Support advises that there is currently no Māori language support for Chromebooks. Chromebook users have advised that there is an extension that can be downloaded to use macrons but it has to be reloaded for each use.

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