Learn some basic Māori words with Monty the Monkey
The best way to get involved this Maori Language Week is to learn Te Reo! The Māori language is considered a national taonga (treasure) and is undergoing a revival. We celebrate Maori Language week to help Te Reo remain a living language embraced throughout New Zealand.
Show your support by practicing these simple words and phrases in everyday conversation.
Monty the Monkey is here to help get you across a few basics.
Here are a few basic greetings
Bearing in mind there are can be multiple ways to say different phrases, we’ll just help you get kick started with one option.
- Hello – Kia ora (fun fact Kia ora also means thank you).
- Bye – Hei konā
- How are you? – Kei te pēhea koe?
- Good – Kei te pai
Some Māori place names
Get to know what your local town/city is called.
- Auckland – Tāmaki Makaurau
- Wellington – Te Whanganui-a-Tara
- Christchurch – Ōtautahi
- Dunedin – Ōtepoti
Classic shopping words
When you're visiting us here at Westfield, be sure to practice these in your daily shopping adventures!
- Coffee - Kawhe
- Trolley - Tōneke
- Shop - Toa
- Food - Kai
- Drink - Inu
- Movie - Kiriata
Classic sporting terms
Some easy terms and words to use when standing on the sidelines of the sports pitch each Saturday morning.
- Coach – Kaiwhakaako
- Referee – Kaiwawao
- Score – Kaute
- Win/winner – Toa
- Start/Kick off – Tīmatatia
- Foul – Hara
If you’re keen to learn more and get a better understanding of how to pronounce everything properly, just head over to the Resources section of the Maori Language Commission’s website. They've got some great posters and downloadable sheets.