Welcome to Kiwi Words!

This website documents research on languages spoken in Aotearoa New Zealand, carried out by academics at the University of Waikato, NZ. Specifically, our projects describe and analyse te reo Māori (the indigenous language of the country) and varieties of English spoken on the shores of Aotearoa New Zealand.

Each project has a different focus and makes use of different data (all of which is collected by Waikato researchers in conjunction with our collaborators). The different tabs provide information on the projects, their main objective, the specific team of researchers involved and arising publications or media attention.

GitHub Repository

Our GitHub repository provides relevant code for each project (e.g. for collecting, cleaning and analysing the data).


We are grateful to our funders for their generous support:
The University of Waikato, Marsden Fund, Royal Society of New Zealand, Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga

Get in touch

If you would like to get in touch with us, please email Andreea Calude for general research inquiries (andreea@waikato.ac.nz) and David Trye for website admin or data queries (dtrye@waikato.ac.nz).

Thank you for visiting our website!