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Te reo Māori

The correct pronunciation of Māori vowel sounds is important and bides well with the listener. It signifies that the speaker has made a genuine effort and places high regard to the relationship that he/she seeks to develop. Although it may seem tricky at first - it's all just a matter or practice.

Have a go!

Click on the image below to hear the correct Māori pronounciation. Have a go at saying the names. 

Te kaunihera ā rohe o Waikato

These are the six major iwi in our region:







 Te Arawa





Useful resources

Visit to hear and practise the Māori alphabet.

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Kupu hou (new words)

Ngā rā o te wiki (Days of the week)




Monday Mane Rāhina
Tuesday Turei Rātū
Wednesday         Wenerei Rāapa
Thursday Taite Rāpare
Friday Paraire Rāmere
Saturday Hatarei Rāhoroi
Sunday Rātapu Rātapu

Note: Transliteral terms are created as close to the sound of the English word. This is a common practice more commonly heard on the marae and can be easily made up on the spot by the most astute speaker. Ie; Piiki whara (big fulla).

Contemporary terms are those taught in the kura Māori/kohanga reo (maori schools/language nests). They are actually more traditional in their interpretation.

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