Speech Research @ UoA

– An inter-disciplinary group of researchers all working on different aspects of speech research at the University of Auckland.


Speech Research @ UoA

We are a group of engineers, phoneticians, linguists and educational researchers, all involved in collaborations addressing different aspects of speech research.


The history of this group is strongly intertwined to the MAONZE research project and the MAONZE research group. The MAONZE group studies sound change over time in te reo Māori. Many researchers in this group are part of the MAONZE group and other MAONZE researchers also guide and support our work. for more details on the MAONZE research group and the interesting projects that they are part of visit the MAONZE Research Group website 


 We have some exciting opportunities for you:

PhD Student Call – Click here for more details

Also, contact us if you are interested to work with us on any of our projects as part of your Masters, PhD, Post-doctoral research or as Research Engineers/Scientists/Assistants.


our projects

Aotearoa voices

Our cool new platform where you can listen to the New Zealand English and te reo Māori voices we have developed.

Website courtesy: Chinmay Deshmukh, Kungeng Wu, Jin Kyu Kim, Ernest Wong, Kazuki Saegusa, Meet Patel, Brian Nguyen, Samantha Woon


Events in 2023

Māori Speech Hui - 06, 07 JULY 2023

We organised a Māori Speech Hui to facilitate conversation about all things happening in the field of Māori speech and language technology development. 

LangSoc - Lingusitic Society Conference - 28 to 30 DECEMBER 2023

Lingusitic Society of New Zealand Conference  was hosted by the University of Auckland this year.

More fun stuff we have been upto …

exciting stuff

What’s the group upto?

Speech Research @ UoA in Māori TV

July 1 2021

The Māori Speech Hui organised by the Speech Research group and various members of the group were featured on Māori TV:





Dr. Peter J Keegan on te ao Māori news

July 5 2021

Dr. Peter J Keegan was interviewed by Te ao Māori news about the differen research initiatives the speech group has been doing in te reo Māori.

Watch the full interview here: https://www.teaomaori.news/getting-rid-cartire-pronunciation-when-siri-and-google-mean-kaitaia

Jesin James on bFM

July 6 2021

Jesin James was interviewed by bFM about the different speech technology related research activities Jesin is involved in. Listen to the full interview here: https://95bfm.com/bcast/ready-steady-learn-w-jesin-james-july-6-2021


Māori Speech Technology Workshop 2021

July 2 2021

We organised a Māori Speech Technology Workshopan opportunity for undergrad and postgrad students to learn about te reo Māori speech and language technology development from industry experts and academics. 30 students from different parts of Aotearoa attended the workshop.

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