Te Reo Māori

Ngā oropuare - vowels

Māori vowels are much the same as many other languages (except English!).Here are the short vowels:

a e i o u

a as in cup

e as in egg

i as in eat

o as in for

u as in to

Ngā tohutō - macrons

A macron is a line written above a vowel and indicates a long vowel sound.

ā ē ī ō ū

Ngā orokati - consonants

The Māori consonants are:

h k m n ng p r t w wh

  • ng’ as in singer
  • r’ is a rolling ‘r’ sometimes described as being close to an English ‘d’ or ‘l’ sound
  • wh’ as in father.


Phrases and words we use at Glen Eden Primary School

aroha mai - sorry

Hei konei rā! - Goodbye!

He pai rawa atu taua pōwhiri ki a au - I really enjoyed that pōwhiri

He tika Koe! - You are correct!

He tino āwhina koe - You have been very helpful

homai - pass /give (to me)

Homai te pukapuka - Give me the book

Ka mau te wehi! - Fantastic! Awesome!
(often used to praise something or someones work)

Ka pai hoki koe! - Good on you!

kai - food

kaiako - teacher

kaitiaki - caregiver

ka mau te wehi - awesome

kani kani - dance

karakia - grace

Kei hea te pene? - Where is the pen?

Kei hea te pukapuka? - Where is the book?

Kei te tino poho kererū au kia koe - I'm very proud of you

Kia pai tō wā whakatā! - Have a good holiday!

Kei runga noa atu koe! - You're the best!

Kia orana - Greeting

Ko wai tō ingoa? - What's your name?

Ko __________ tōku ingoa? - My name is __________.

konei - here, this place

Haere mai ki konei! - Come here!

Kia pai tō rā! - Have a good day!

Kaiāwhina pai - Great helper

Koia kei a .... - ....great / really nailed it!

Koia kei a koe! - You're great!

kura - school

kupu - word/s


Karakia mō te kai (Grace)

Whakapaingia (Bless) - Ēnei kai (these foods) - Hei oranga (sustaining)
te tīnana (for the body).
Āmine



Manaakitangi - Showing care & respect

Matariki kanohi iti - The tiny eyes of Matariki (Proverb)

Mā te wā! - See you later!

mahi - work

Mahi pai - Good work

miharo - amazing

moko - grandchild

Nau mai haere mai - Welcome

pōwhiri - to welcome, a welcoming ceremony

reka - tasty

taonga - gift

taima - time

tamariki - children

Tāmata koutou pakeke! - You tried hard!

tēina - younger brother, younger sister

tino pai rawa - excellent

tuākana - elder brother, elder sister

tuatahi - first

waiata - song

waka - boat

wananga - seminar, conference, forum, educational seminar

Whaea - Mother, Aunty

whakatauki - proverb

whānau - family / extended family



Glen Eden Primary School
makes learning an enjoyable
and rewarding experience
for our tamariki.

CONTACT US

CALL US

Phone: (09) 818 6686
Mobile: 021 610 364 or 027 337 7002

EMAIL

office@geps.school.nz

ADDRESS

Glen Eden Primary School
3 Glenview Rd
Glen Eden,
Auckland 0602