The charts below show the way in which the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) represents Māori pronunciations in Wikipedia articles.
English equivalents are only approximate, especially with the vowels, and only intended to give a general idea of the pronunciation. For more detail, see Māori language phonology.
- ↑ Māori wh is variable, and is often equated to English wh (for those without the wine-whine merger; New Zealand English has the merger). However, in contemporary Māori the most common pronunciation is [f], while the voiceless bilabial fricative [ɸ] or 'Japanese f', deemed by some to be the sole pre-European contact variant – an unsupported claim –, is rarer.
- ↑ Stress falls on the first long vowel; otherwise on the first diphthong; otherwise on the first syllable—though never further than the 4th vowel from the end of the word, with long vowels and diphthongs counting double.