Learn some basic Māori words with Monty the Monkey


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

Want some fun home activities? Learn Māori words and phrases through simple activities including word searches, colouring, songs, word games and more >

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