Learn some basic Māori words with Monty the Monkey

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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.