20 Māori words every Kiwi should know

trending 12/09/2017

Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori or Māori language week is being celebrated around the country this week so Jono, Ben & Sharyn asked the question "What Māori words should we all know?"

We took everyone's suggestions and narrowed it down to the top 20 words and phrases that you can teach yourself at home!

  • Mōrena - (Good) Morning
    “Morena Jono!”
  • Seafood - kaimoana
    “Jono is smashing all the kaimoana at the BBQ”
  • Nau Mai - Welcome! Come here!
    “Nau mai, Jono! ... actually go away now”
  • Raho - Testicles
    “Shut up Jono or you’ll get a kick in the raho!”
  • Hapū - Pregnant
    “Sharyn is hapū”
  • Haere atu - Go away
    “HAERE ATU JONO!”
  • Whare paku - Toilet
    “Jono is ALWAYS in the whare paku”
  • Wahine - woman
    THE FUTURE IS WAHINE!
  • Tamāhine - Daughter
    “That poor girl is Jono’s tamahine”
  • Ihi - power, authority, essential force
  • Wehi - In awe
  • Tane - Man
    “Jono is one hot tane” (Jono wrote this himself …. clearly)
  • Kei te pēhea koe? - How are you?
    “Kia Ora Jono, kei te pēhea koe?”
  • Potential replies to ‘How are you/Kei te pēhea koe’
    Kei te pai ahau - I am good
    Kei te makariri ahau - I am cold
    Kei te wera ahau - I am hot/warm
    Kei te pouri ahau - I am sad
  • Ko <name> tōku ingoa - My name is…
    “Ko Jono tōku ingoa”