New translation of Te Paipera Tapu in the pipeline

Te Paipera Tapu

The first edition of Te Paipera Tapu, published in 1868, has just been digitised.

This digitised version will be one of the many tools used to help produce a brand new translation, in more contemporary language for today’s Te Reo Māori speakers.

“Translation of any significance takes time, and anecdotal evidence suggests that contemporary Māori usage is already considerably different from the language of the current Māori Bible,” commented Dr Stephen Pattemore, the Bible Society’s Translations Director.

“So we need to be pro-active.”

A new mobile Paipera Tapu app is also currently in development and will feature the current Paipera Tapu text (2012) as well as English Bible translations.

It will be useful for people who want to read Te Reo Māori alongside an English text such as the Good News Bible.

The new app will be launched in early 2019.

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the publication of the first edition of Te Paipera Tapu.

While the first-ever Scriptures in Te Reo Māori were published in Sydney in 1827 by the New South Wales Bible Society, this was the first ever full Paipera Tapu.

But the journey of the Bible in Te Reo Māori didn’t stop there.

This edition was followed by three further versions in 1889, 1925 and 1952, as well as a reformatted edition of the 1952 text which was published in 2012.

Then there was Tāku Paipera, the only Māori Children’s Bible storybook available, launched at the end of 2016.

Today Bible Society New Zealand has a number of Te Reo Māori resources available.

Their journey with Te Reo Māori continues in their mission of making the Bible accessible to everyone and encouraging interaction with it.


Supplied:  New Zealand Bible Society  Nga Ringa Hāpai i te Paipera Tapu ki Aotearoa

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