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Contents: A - E - H - I - K - M - N/Ng - O - P - R - T - U - W/Wh - Numbers

AEdit

Aotearoa
New Zealand (literally "Land of the Long White Cloud")
aroha
love

EEdit

etu
stand up

HEdit

haka
ceremonial dance, often a challenge
hapu
subtribe. cf iwi
Haere mai
welcome, come here
Haere ra
good bye; go well

IEdit

iwi
tribe ('nation' or 'people') cf hapu

KEdit

kai
food
kehua
ghost
Kia Ora
Informal greeting, e.g. "Hello" or "Hi." Less common uses: thank you, good bye.
kiwi
the national bird of New Zealand (actually only the Maori word for one of the five types of bird that we know of as kiwi). In New Zealand English, it also refers to New Zealanders (people), but never the fruit that most non-New Zealanders know as kiwis (which is always "kiwifruit" in New Zealand)

MEdit

maunga
mountain
moana
sea, ocean

N and NgEdit

nui
big (e.g. arohanui = much love; wharenui = big house/big building)

OEdit

PEdit

Papatuanuku
the earth mother. Often shortened to Papa (e.g. Rangi and Papa: sky father and earth mother)

REdit

Ranginui
the sky father. Often shortened to Rangi (e.g. Rangi and Papa: sky father and earth mother)
roto
lake

TEdit

tipuna
elders, often spiritual advisers
turangawaewae
"standing place," homeland, the place where you are the host to any visitors

UEdit

utu
revenge, balance, equilibrium

W and WhEdit

waiata
traditional Maori songs, esp. action songs
whanau
family (can be extended family)
whanaungatanga
relationships, kinship
whare
house or building (e.g. whare kai = kitchen)

NumbersEdit

  1. tahi
  2. rua
  3. toru
  4. wha
  5. rima
  6. ono
  7. whitu
  8. waru
  9. iwa
  10. tekau

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