This paper describes a linguistic-based approach to teaching Māori language pronunciation to university undergraduate and postgraduate students at the Faculty of Education and Social Work of Waipapa Taumata Rau, the University of Auckland. There is no research on teaching Māori language pronunciation. This is hampered by incorrect information on Māori phonetics in the literature and online. My teaching is enhanced by acoustic analyses of my New Zealand English and Māori production and knowledge of the appropriate research descriptions of these languages. I describe my teaching approach and discuss issues of using linguistic research in the Māori speaking and Māori academic community.