Te reo Māori glossary

Here are some of the te reo Māori

  te reo Māorithe Māori languageMāori
words you might encounter during your visit to Te Papa or on our websites.

Click on each word or phrase, and then on the speaker icon, to hear how you pronounce it.

If you can't find the word you're looking for, check out Māori Dictionary.

a

Aotearoa

  AotearoaNew ZealandMāori

the Māori name for New Zealand

h

haere mai

  Haere maiWelcomeMāori

welcome

haere rā

  haere rāgoodbyeMāori

goodbye

hapū

  hapūsub-tribe, or to be pregnantMāori

sub-tribe, or to be pregnant

Hīnātore

  Hīnātorephosphorescence or luminescenceMāori
 
the name of our learning space. Hīnātore means phosphorescence or luminescence – a glow or glimmering in the dark

hui

  huimeetingMāori

meeting, to meet

i

ika

  ikafishMāori | Noun

fish

iwi

  iwitribeMāori | Noun

tribe

k

kaitiaki

  kaitiakiguardianMāori

guardian

kapa haka

  kapa hakagroup danceMāori | Noun

group dance

kupu

  kupuword/wordsMāori

word/words

kōrero

  Kōrerostories or discussionMāori

stories or discussion

m

mana

  manaauthority, power, prestigeMāori

authority, power, prestige

manuhiri

  manuhirivisitorsMāori

visitors or guests

marae

  maraecommunal meeting houseMāori

communal meeting house

Māui

  MāuiA Pacific heroMāori | Person
 
a Pacific hero who performs amazing feats

mauri

  maurilife-forceMāori

life-force

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

  Museum of New Zealand Te Papa TongarewaContainer of treasuresMāori
 
our Māori name, ‘Te Papa Tongarewa’, translates literally to ‘container of treasures’

r

Rongomaraeroa

  Rongomaraeroathe name given to Te Papa's whole maraeMāori

Rongomaraeroa is the name of Te Papa's whole marae, including entrances and pūwhara (lookout)

n

ngā kaupapa motuhake

  ngā kaupapa motuhakeeventsMāori | Noun

events

p

pōwhiri

  pōwhiriwelcoming ceremonyMāori

welcoming ceremony

t

tamariki

  tamarikichildrenMāori

children

taniwha

  taniwhawater monsterMāori | Noun

water monster

taonga

  taongatreasuresMāori

treasures

te reo Māori

  te reo Māorithe Māori languageMāori

the Māori language

Te Wiki o te Reo Māori

  Te Wiki o te Reo MāoriMāori Language WeekMāori
 
Māori Language Week, celebrated every year in September

w

whakapapa

  whakapapagenealogyMāori

genealogy

whānau

  whānaufamilyMāori

family

wharenui

  wharenuimeeting houseMāori

meeting house

whenua

  whenualandMāori

land

 


We're working on this glossary during Aug 2019, there are many more kupu

  kupuwordsMāori
and phrases to come!