Te Reo Māori glossary
Here are some te reo Māori words you might come across when visiting Wellington and our websites
Te Wiki o te Reo Māori - Māori Language Week
Te Wiki o te Reo Māori is an annual celebration held with the aim of inspiring New Zealanders to speak the Māori language proudly. At the same time, The Māori Language Festival of Wellington celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Māori language petition.
The petition was delivered to Parliament by Hana Te Hemara with support from Te Reo Māori Society of Victoria University and Ngā Tamatoa of The University of Auckland on 14 September 1972. It called for the revitalisation of the Māori language.
Te Hui Ahurei is one of the ways that Te Whanganui a Tara is commemorating this important kaupapa plan, purpose Māori | Noun , through a joyful series of arts experiences that champion te reo Māori in the city.
We have chosen to join that kaupapa by continuing to share our content with some direct translations as well as continuing to grow our Te Reo Māori glossary across this website. We hope these simple every day words will help you integrate Te Reo into your every day life.
Across WellingtonNZ, these words have been added to support the ongoing education of te reo Māori (the Māori language). This tool was made possible with the help of Te Murumāra Foundation and in particular Te Aka Māori Dictionary for making their resources available.
We'd also like to thank DNA who helped us develop the tool and Māpuna Consultants for guiding us through the process.
Click on each word and then on the speaker icon to hear how you pronounce it.
|haka to dance or perform Māori | Verb||to dance or perform|
|hāngi Traditional Māori method of cooking food underground using hot stones Māori | Noun||traditional Māori method of cooking food underground using hot stones|
|He whakapapa kōrero the document room Māori | Noun||the document room|
|hoe paddle, oar Māori | Noun||paddle, oar|
|iwi Māori tribe Māori | Noun||Māori tribe|
|kahika ancestor Māori | Noun||ancestor|
|kai food Māori | Noun||food|
|kaiārahi guide Māori | Noun||guide|
|karakia prayer Māori | Noun||prayer|
|kōrero stories Māori | Noun||stories|
|kupu word Māori | Noun||word|
|mahi work Māori | Noun||work|
|manaakitanga hospitality Māori | Noun||hospitality|
|mana whenua power associated with possession and occupation of tribal land Māori | Noun||power associated with possession and occupation of tribal lands|
|manuhiri guest Māori | Noun||guest|
|mātauranga knowledge Māori | Noun||knowledge|
|mauri life force Māori | Noun||life force|
|mihi whakatau welcome speech Māori | Noun||welcome speech|
|pā Māori village Māori | Noun||Māori village|
|pāua abalone Māori | Noun||abalone|
|pounamu greenstone Māori | Noun||greenstone|
|rangatira Māori leaders Māori | Noun||Māori leaders|
|rēwena potato bread Māori | Noun||potato bread|
|tamariki children Māori | Noun||children|
|tangata whenua people of the land Māori | Noun||people of the land|
|taniwha water monster Māori | Noun||water monster|
|taonga treasures Māori | Noun||treasures|
|Te Ika-a-Māui North Island Māori | Location||North Island|
|Te Waipounamu South Island Māori | Location||South Island|
|Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington Māori | Location||Wellington|
|Tiriti o Waitangi Treaty of Waitangi Māori | Noun||Treaty of Waitangi|
|tukutuku Ornamental lattice-work - used particularly between carvings around the walls of meeting houses Māori | Noun||Ornamental lattice-work - used particularly between carvings around the walls of meeting houses|
|wāhi tapu sacred sites Māori | Noun||sacred sites|
|waka canoe Māori | noun||canoe|
|waka huia treasure box Māori | Noun||treasure box|
|waka taua War canoe Māori | Noun||voyaging|
|waka tētē fishing canoe Māori | Noun||fishing canoe|
|waka tīwai dugout canoe without attached sides Māori | Noun||dugout canoe without attached sides|
|whakapapa Genealogy Māori | Noun||genealogy, descent, family history|
|whānau family Māori | Noun||family|
|whareponga sleeping huts Māori | Noun||ponga houses|
|wharewaka house of canoes Māori | Noun||house of canoes|
|whenua land Māori | Noun||land|
Audio clips and definitions courtesy of Te Aka Maori Dictionary.