It’s Te Wiki o te Reo Māori – Māori Language Week, which is as good a time as any to learn some useful words and phrases to use amongst your everyday life.

See a list of handy kupu (words) and kīanga (phrases) below!
  • Homai - pass me (or direct something towards the speaker)
  • Hoatu - pass over there (away from the speaker)
  • Turituri - shush 
  • Kia tere - hurry up 
  • Kua mutu - It’s finished
  • Kua rite - Ready
  • He kawhe/kapu ti māu - would you like a coffee/cuppa tea? 
  • He kapu tī māku - I’d like a cup of tea 
  • Anei - here you go 
  • Aroha mai - Sorry
  • Kia pai te rā - have a great day! 
  • Kei te aha koe? - What are you doing? 
  • Horoi ngā rihi - Wash the dishes 
  • Awhinatia ahau - help me 
  • Ināianei - now 
  • Kāore ano - not yet
  • Āe - yes 
  • Kao - no 
  • E tū - Stand 
  • E noho - Sit 
  • Kaua e pēnā - Don ‘t do that
  • Kei hea? - Where? 
  • He aha? - What is it? 
  • Taihoa - Wait 
  • Waihoa - Leave it 
  • Kāuta - Kitchen 
  • Māra - Garden
  • Pānui - News 
  • Rarangi - list 
  • Mā wai e tunu - Who is cooking? 
  • Māku e horoi - I’ll wash 
  • Pātuhi mai - Send me a text 
  • Tino pai - Very good 
  • Kei te pēhea koe? - How are you? 
  • Kei te pai ahau - I’m good