General:Cultures:Māori

Remember, Letters are just symbols, and depending on the language, they have different sounds.

  • a: short, high a like papa
  • ā: long, like ohw
  • e: short
  • ē: long
  • i: short (i like eat)
  • ī: long (sheep)
  • o: short (as in awful)
  • ō:long (as in pork)
  • u: short (as in put)
  • ū: long (as in boot)

Digraphs:

  • wh is pronounced f (whanau is pronounced “fano”)
  • ng:

Diphthongs (combinations of vowels):

  • au is pronounced ow
  • au, ao, ea, ia, ou, oa

Keywords:

  • kiaiko: teacher (ka-i-ako)
  • ākongo: student
  • Rangatira: leader
  • hauora: well-being
  • Te Aka: The vine/dictionary
  • karakia: prayer asking for guidance and resolution before a meeting.

School Groups

  • Ngāti: tribe
  • Uhu: rebalance (of kindness and revenge).
  • Mana
  • Tainui

Ko Hawkins Hill Te Maūnga
Ko Makar Stream te awa
Ko Pekaha toku iwi
Ko Sigal Tōku Hapū
Nō Puerto Rico ahau
Ko Raninui tōku ingoa