Language – ME MAU KI TE REO MĀORI

Give Korero Maori a go! You can find interactive conversations, language resources, and advice to help you increase your knowledge of reo Māori.


MIHIMIHI

Ko Wharepuhunga te maunga Wharepuhunga is the mountain
Ko Puniu te awa Puniu is the river
Ko Tainui te waka Tainui is the waka
Ko Hoturoa te tangata Hoturoa is ‘the man’
Ko Rāwhitiroa te marae Rāwhitiroa is the marae
Ko Ngati Takihiku te hapu Ngati Takihiku is the su-tribe
Ko Raukawa (ki Wharepuhunga) te iwi Raukawa (ki Wharepuhunga) is the tribe
Ko Tuheitia te Kingi Tuheitia is the King
Ko Marerahi ahau I am Marerahi

 

MIHI

Greetings
Kia Ora Hi
Tēna Koe Hello (to one peron)
Tēna Korua Hello (to two people)
Tēna Koutou Hello (to three or more people)
Inquiring Question
E pewhea ana koe? How are you?
Responses
E pai ana I’m good
Ka nui te pai I’m great
Me koe? And you?
Farewells
Haere ra Goodbye (to someone leaving)
E noho ra Goodbye (to someone staying)
Ka kite ano See you again
Hei kōna See you later

WHAKATAUKĪ – WHAKATAUĀKĪ

Māori proverbs comment on many aspects of Māori culture including history, religious life, conduct, ethics, land, warfare, love, marriage, and death. Some sayings refer to cultural practices or attributes that have since changed or no longer exist. However, most can be adapted and applied to present-day situations.

Here are some examples of some well known and widely used Māori proverbs.

Nā tō rourou, nā taku rourou With your food basket and my food basket
ka ora ai te iwi the people will thrive
He aha te mea nui o te ao? What is the most important thing in the world?
He tangata!  He tangata!  He tangata! It is people! It is people! It is people!
Whaia te iti kahurangi.  Ki te tuohu koe Persue excellence. Should you stumble,
me he maunga teitei let it be to a lofty mountain