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Maori Language and Culture

The Maori people are the native people of New Zealand. They were also the original speakers of the Maori language, one of New Zealand's official languages. Descendants of the Maori people are found throughout New Zealand. In this category, there are questions relating to this people's culture, history and language.

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Maori Language and Culture

Why did the Maori fight colonists in New Zealand?

The Maori fought the early European settlers of NZ predominately because the settlers where unfairly taking the Maori peoples land off them as the Maori believed the Europeans were wanting to share the land, however the settlers wanted to purchase the land outright. The Maori people soon realised that the settlers did not want to share the land but by this time allot of the land was in the settlers hands. As more settlers came into New Zealand, they began to cheat the Maori people out of their lands using contracts unfair laws and such. Out of all this the Maori land wars began, this was the Maori people fighting for their land. This did not work well for the Maori however, and the outcome wasn't positive for them. Lots of them died, others were jailed etc, then the settlers used the wars as an excuse to 'confiscate' more land. Eventually the Maori people used land marches, strikes and land occupation to, in the end, start to get their land back, or compensation if not possible.

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What does iwi mean to Maori?

Extended kinship group, tribe, nation, people, race - often refers to a large group of people descended from a common ancestor.

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What does iwi maori mean?

Iwi Maori means the Maori Tribes. There are many 'tribes' of people in NZ who descend from a common ancestor and/or come from a common waka (one of the canoes which brought the original maori to NZ from their homeland - Hawaiiki). Some of the most well-known Iwi (tribes) are: Nga Puhi, Ngati Whatua, Tainui, Te Arawa, Tuhoe, Ngati Porou, Te Ati Awa, Kai Tahu...

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What year did the Maori queen die?

The Maori Queen, Dame Te Arikinui Te Atairangikaahu, has died after a long battle with failing health.

Te Atairangikaahu died at Turangawaewae Marae about 5.30pm on Tuesday, less than a month after her 75th birthday. She had been receiving dialysis at the marae.

She was the sixth leader of Maori kingship, the Kingitanga movement, and was the longest serving monarch in its history. She served for 40 years.

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What are some of the Maori's holidays?

Matariki, which is the Maori new year celebrating the rise of Matariki star cluster

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What does te awanui a rangi mean?

Te Awanui a Rangi means The great river in the sky, also known as the milkyway.

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What does the Maori word 'kowhai' mean?

kōwhai = yellow

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How do you say good drink in Maori?

Inu pai = good drink , Tino pai toku inu = My Great drink :)

Kei te pai!

Okay !

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What does He ihu oneone mean?

He ihu oneone means 'a hardworker' in te reo Māori. 'He' meaning indefinite article 'a,' 'ihu' meaning nose and oneone meaning ground/gravel/sand. Thus, for one's nose to be down at ground level or covered in earth means one is hardworking.

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What does tena koutou mean?

It is a greeting to 3 or more people

Tena koe: Hello to one

Tena Korua: Hello to two

Tena koutou: Hello to all

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What is the Maori word for the number ONE?

it's tahi

and heres the rest

1 tahi
2 rua
3 toru
4 wha
5 rima
6 ono
7 whitu
8 waru
9 iwa
10 tekau

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What does Tena Rawa Atu Koe mean?

Thank you (when speaking to one person).

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What does te whanau mean in maori?

Whanau is pronounced as Farno. And it means Family

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How do you say handsome boyfriend in Maori?

He Tane Purotu

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What is the maori word of two?

The maori word for two is rua. Here are some other ones:

1-tahi 2-rua 3-toro 4-wha 5-rima 6-ono 7-whetu 8-waru 9-iwa 10-tekau

1 - tahi, 2 - rua, 3 - TORU , 4 - wha, 5 - rima , 6 - ono, 7 - WHITU , 8 - waru, 9 - iwa,

10 - tekau.

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What does paka mean in maori?

Paka has many different meanings:

  • a box
  • a park
  • the dock in a court
  • a pack, packet or container
  • to be reddish-brown or chestnut-colour
  • to be scorched
  • to be dried or baked
  • scraps, dried food
  • a ship

It is also used as a very mild curse or swear-word, based on English "bugger!" used by sailors visiting the area - this was taken into the Maori language as paka!

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Maori name for pink?

Mawhero

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What is the Maori word for sun?

Tamanui-te-rā.

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Kei te aroha au ki a koe?

i love you

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What does taku whaea means in maori language?

'Taku whaea' can mean 'my Mum' or 'my Aunty'.

Taku = my (when referring to one thing).

Whaea = Mum, Aunty.

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On the land what tools did Maori use to catch food?

clubs and spears

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Maori word for angel?

Ānahera is the Maori word for angel.

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What does tua mean in maori?

It means back, or other side

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What is the English translation of happy birthday in maori?

Rā whānau koa

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