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BELOW ARE JUST A FEW VERY BASIC MAORI WORDS - ADDITIONS/SUGGESTIONS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME.

NB. Different Iwi have different ways of spelling, pronunciation and regional dialect, therefore there are usually more than one meaning  and spelling variants to most words.

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MAORI PAKEHA

GENEALOGY

WHAKAPAPA GENEALOGY
WHANAU FAMILY
IWI TRIBE/PEOPLE
MOKAPUNA GRANDCHILD
AITANGA DESCENDANT
MATUA WAHINE MOTHER
MATUA TANE FATHER
TAMA TANE SON
TAMAHINE DAUGHTER
TIPUNA TANE GRANDFATHER
TIPUNA WAHINE GRANDMOTHER
WHAEA AUNT
MATUA UNCLE
IRAMUTU NIECE
TAMA NEPHEW
KAIHANA COUSIN
WHANAUTANGA BIRTH
HEMONGA DEATH
MARENA MARRIAGE
WEHENGA MARENA DIVORCE

NZ NATIONAL ANTHEM - GOD DEFEND NZ

E Ihoa Atua God of nations at thy feet
O nga Iwi Matoura In the bonds of love we meet
Ata whaka rongona; Hear our voices we entreat
Me aroha noa. God defend our free land.
Kia hua ko te pai; Guard Pacific's triple star
Kia tau to atawhai; From the shafts of strife and war
Manaakitia mai Make her praises heard afar
Aotearoa God defend New Zealand.

HAKA

Ka mate! Ka mate! Ka ora! Ka ora! I die! I die! I live! I live!
Tenei te tangata puhuru huru This is the hairy man
Nana nei i tiki mai who fetched the Sun
Whakawhiti te ra And caused it to shine again
A upa... ne! ka upa... ne! One upward step! Another upward step!
A upane kaupane whiti ra! An upward step, another... the Sun shines!!!

FIRST NAMES

ATAMA ADAM
ARAPETA ALBERT
ARAPETI ALFRED
ARIHI ALICE
ANARU ANDREW
ANI ANNE
ATONI ANTHONY
BENIAMINE BENJAMIN
PERENARA BERNARD
PURUHI BRUCE
KARORAINA CAROLINE
KATARINA CATHERINE
HAARE CHARLES
HARATA CHARLOTTE
KIRITOPA CHRISTOPHER
RANIERA DANIEL
REWI DAVE
RAWIRI DAVID
RIANA DIANA
TARATI DOROTHY
ERUERA EDWARD
IRIHAPETI ELIZABETH
EHETARA ESTHER
HAARE HARRY
HENARE HENRY
IHAPERA ISABEL
HAKI JACK
HAKOPA JACOB
HEMI JAMES
HENI JANE
HONE JOHN
HOHEPA JOSEPH
HOHUA JOSHUA
HUTITA JUDITH
RUIHA LOUISE
RUIHI LUCY
MAKERE MARGARET
MAAKA MARK
MATENE MARTIN
MAATA MARTHA
MERE MARY
MIKAERE MICHAEL
NIKORA NICHOLAS
PAORA PAUL
PITA PETER
PIRIPI PHILLIP
KUINI QUEENIE
RAHERA RACHEL
RAU RALPH
RIPEKA REBECCA
RIHARI RICHARD
RAPATA or ROPATA ROBERT
RUTA RUTH
HAMUERA SAMUEL
HERA SARAH
HEREWINI SELWYN
TIPENE STEVEN
HUHANA SUSAN/SUSANNAH
TAMATI THOMAS
TOMOTI TIMOTHY
WIKITORIA VICTORIA
WAATA WALTER
WIREMU WILLIAM
METE SMITH

NB. Before 1900 records usually give no first names for Maori people unless the Maori person

concerned lived with or was married to a Pakeha, or had a Pakeha parent.

BASIC WORDS

AOTEAROA LAND OF THE LONG WHITE CLOUD [NEW ZEALAND]
KIA ORA HELLO
PAKEHA EUROPEAN NEW ZEALANDER
KIWI ALL NEW ZEALANDERS [SLANG]
MAORI NATIVE PEOPLE
WHARE HOUSE
MARAE MEETING GROUND
NGERU CAT
KURI DOG
PATU CLUB
KAI FOOD
MOKO TATTOO
TIKI ORNAMENT
PIUPIU FLAX SKIRT
TAIAHA SPEAR
WHAKAIRO CARVING
PAUA ABALONE
WHARENUI MEETING HOUSE
POUNAMU GREENSTONE
HONGI PRESS NOSES
TAPU SACRED/FORBIDDEN

NUMBERS

TAHI ONE
RUA TWO
TORU THREE
WHA FOUR
RIMA FIVE
ONO SIX
WHITU SEVEN
WARU EIGHT
IWA NINE
TEKAU TEN
TEKAU MA TAHI ELEVEN
TEKAU MA RUA TWELVE
TEKAU MA TORU THIRTEEN
TEKAU MA WHA FOURTEEN
TEKAU MA RIMA FIFTEEN
TEKAU MA ONO SIXTEEN
TEKAU MA WHITU SEVENTEEN
TEKAU MA WARU EIGHTEEN
TEKAU MA IWA NINETEEN
RUA TEKAU TWENTY
TORU TEKAU THIRTY
WHA TEKAU FORTY
RIMA TEKAU FIFTY
ONO TEKAU SIXTY
WHITU TEKAU SEVENTY
WARU TEKAU EIGHTY
IWA TEKAU NINETY
KOTAHI RAU ONE HUNDRED

MONTHS

KOHI-TATEA / HANUERE JANUARY
HUI-TANGURU / PEPUERE FEBRUARY
POUTU-TE-RANGI / MAEHE MARCH
PAENGA-WHAWHA / APERIRA APRIL
HARATUA / MEI MAY
PIPIRI / HUNE JUNE
HONGONGOI / HURAE JULY
HERE-TURI-KOKA / AKUHATA AUGUST
MAHURU / HEPETEMA SEPTEMBER
WHIRINGA-A-NUKU / OKETOPA OCTOBER
WHIRINGA-ARANGI / NOEMA NOVEMBER
HAKIHEA / TIHEMA DECEMBER

Many thanks to Carol Whyte for the Months of Sept, Oct, Nov & Dec
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NZ & Maori Genealogy
Carol Whyte, Auckland, New Zealand
 http://www.geocities.com/wlorac
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SEASONS

KOANGA SPRING
RAUMATI SUMMER
NGAHURU AUTUMN
HOTOKE WINTER

COLOURS

WHERO RED
KIKORANGI BLUE
KAKARIKI GREEN
KOWHAI YELLOW
MA WHITE
PANGO BLACK
PARAKARAKARA ORANGE
MAWHERO PINK
PARAONE BROWN
 
REFERENCE SOURCE : THE REED POCKET DICTIONARY OF MODERN MAORI
ENGLISH - MAORI
MAORI - ENGLISH
P.M. RYAN

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