Pakiaka — Te Reo Māori Word Game


Pakiaka is a fun and educational word game in te reo Māori which encourages players to challenge and improve their Māori vocab knowledge. Pakiaka is a game of speed - the aim is to finish your crossword grid first, but accuracy is just as important to ensure you get as many points as possible. There are extra challenges available, as well as play variations, to give players options depending on what type of game is desired.

Pakiaka is a great whānau game where adults and tamariki can play together.

View the rules [English Version] here.

View the rules [Māori Version] here.

Features & Benefits

  • Suitable for Ages: 6+ Years
  • Players: 1-8
  • Playing Time: 10-30 minutes
  • Educational Focus: Writing, Vocabulary, Reading


  • 1x Cotton Drawstring Bag
  • 120x Wooden Letter Tiles
  • 1x Game Guide (in English and Te Reo Māori)
  • 1x Game Box to contain all elements

WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD - Small parts. Not for children under 3 years.



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Customer Reviews

Based on 30 reviews
Jasmine Henare
Kēmu Pakiaka

Rawe rawa atu tēnei kēmu. Kei te tino werohia ana ngā tamariki ki te takaro i te taha o ngā kaiako o tā mātou kura. Āno hoki, kei te pakari haere te ahuatanga ki te hanga kupu i waenganui i ngā tamariki tau 5 ki te 8. Tihei, Te Aho Matua !!!!

Steph T

Great fun to expand on learning te reo Māori

Tino Pai!

Played Pakiaka with Y12 students this morning, it was really fun, and they loved it!! As soon as we got into it, all the other plans for the class were out the window because after every round... "ANŌ!!!"

Kia ora Rosie, thank you for sharing such awesome feedback — great to hear your tauira enjoyed the kēmu so much! Ngā mihi, the team at Maimoa Creative

Kēmu+Kōrero New Lynn
Kōrero Community plays Pakiaka!

Our local community kōrero group had such a great time playing Pakiaka for the first time this week! It was lots of fun and laughs, and we learnt a lot of new words from each other as well. We had a huge range of reo skills in our group but all were able to participate, some in p[airs, some individually. We decided we wouldnt do scoring next time, it was enough fun just playing and goingover the kupu afterwards! Thanks for adding to our kēmu collection with Pakiaka - Maimoa Creative rocks!!

Thank you for this wonderful feedback! We LOVE hearing how our game is helping learners of te reo Māori enjoy themselves while also adding to their kete mātauranga. Glad you were able to adapt the game to suit different levels. Kia kaha ki te tākaro :)

Ngā mihi nui

This game is amazing. Highly recommend for all!

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Audio Files

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