Te Reo Maori - The Maori language

Maori words and phrases

The Maori people lived in different tribes all over New Zealand, and there are many different dialects of language. However there is a common "dialect" which is called "Te Reo Maori" and is starting to make a comeback in New Zealand.
Here are some common words and phrases in English and Te Reo Maori.


Hello (informal or answering the telephone)
Hello (to one person)
Hello (to two people)
Hello (to a group)
Welcome
Good-bye (to the person staying)
Good-bye (to the person going)

Please
Thank you
Yes
No

Numbers One to ten!!
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10

Kia ora
Tena koe
Tena korua
Tena koutou
Haere mai
E noho ra
Haere ra

koa
kia ora
ae
kaore


tahi
rua
toru
wha ['wh' always pronounced as an 'f' sound]
rima
ono
whitu
waru
iwa
tekau


              Common Maori words

Ariki
Hangi
Hapu
Hongi
Hui
Iwi
Mana
Marae
Mere
Moko
Pa
Pakeha
Powhiri
Runanga
Tangata whenua
Tangi
Tangihanga
Tohunga
Utu
Waiata
Whanau
Whare
Whare wananga
Whenua

chief of noble birth, priest
earth oven
subdivision of a tribe, or sub tribe
a greeting, by the pressing of noses
gathering together of people for discussion, or to socialise
a tribe which traces descent from a common ancestor or ancestors
prestige, authority, power or psychic force
sacred meeting place, situated within a village
a short weapon usually made of whalebone, wood or greenstone
tattoo, which can be either on the face, arms, thighs or buttocks
a village; settlement or fortified area of a tribe or sub-tribe
European person (traders, settlers, missionaries...)
a welcoming ceremony
tribal or public assembly, conference, council
Literally, a person of the land or people belonging to a tribal region; hosts as distinct from visitors
to weep, grieve, mourn or cry
a ceremony of mourning
a healer or a priest ; an expert in traditional lore
revenge, recompense, reward; retribution in battle to the death
song ; to chant or to sing
lit - to be born or to give birth. Family or an extended family
A house, or a dwelling
A university, or a learning place
literally - afterbirth; land, ground, earth, a country



              Geographical words

ana
awa
iti
manga
maunga
moana
motu
nui
one
kohatu
puke
rangi
roa
roto
rua
tai
tapu
te
toka
wai
whanga
whenua

cave
river, channel
small
stream
mountain
sea, lake
island
big, or many
beach, sand, soil
rock
hill
sky, heavens
long
lake
two
tide, sea
sacred
the
rock
water
bay, harbor
land