Māori phrases

Kia Ora and Haere Mai

Here is a quick guide of Māori words that will help you during your visit to Aotearoa.

Aotearoa (New Zealand, long white cloud)

aroha (love)

awa (river)

haka (generic term for Māori dance. )

hangi (traditional feast prepared in earth oven)

hui (gathering, meeting)

iti (small)

iwi (tribe)

kai (food)

kaumatua (elder)

kia kaha ( stay strong )

kiwi (native flightless bird)

koha (gift, present (usually money, can be food or precious items, given by guest to hosts) )

mana (prestige, reputation)

manuhiri (guests, visitors)

Māori (indigenous inhabitants of New Zealand, the language of the indigenous inhabitants of New Zealand)

marae (the area for formal discourse in front of a meeting house, or applied to a whole marae complex)

maunga (mountain)

moa (extinct large flightless bird)

moana (sea)

 (hill fort)

Pākehā (New Zealander of non-Māori descent, usually European)

pounamu (greenstone, jade)

puku (belly, stomach)

rangatira (person of chiefly rank, boss )

tamariki (children)

te reo Māori (the Māori Language)

tipuna/ tupuna (ancestor )

tuatara (reptiles endemic to New Zealand and which, although resembling most lizards, are part of a distinct lineage, the order Rhynchocephalia)

wahine (woman, wife)

wai (water)

waiata (song or chant)

waka (canoe, canoe group)

whakapa (genealogy, to recite genealogy )

whānau (extended family)

whenua (land, homeland)

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