Te Reo Māori glossary

Here are some Te Reo Māori words you might come across when visiting Wellington and our websites

Across WellingtonNZ, these words have been added to support the ongoing education of the te reo Māori language. This particular tool was only made possible with the help of Te Murumāra Foundation and in particular Te Aka Māori Dictionary for making their resources available. 

We'd also like to thank DNA who helped us develop the tool and Māpuna Consultants for guiding us through this process. 

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

Word Translation
to dance or perform
traditional Māori method of cooking food underground using hot stones
the document room
paddle, oar
Māori tribe
ancestor
food
guide
prayer
stories
  word
work
hospitality
power associated with possession and occupation of tribal lands
guest
knowledge
life force
welcome speech
Māori village
abalone
greenstone
Māori leaders
potato bread
children
people of the land
water monster
treasures
North Island
South Island
Wellington
Treaty of Waitangi
Ornamental lattice-work - used particularly between carvings around the walls of meeting houses
sacred sites
canoe
treasure box
voyaging
fishing canoe
dugout canoe without attached sides 
genealogy, descent, family history
family
ponga houses 
house of canoes
land

Audio clips and definitions courtesy of Te Aka Maori Dictionary.