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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 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 does te whanau mean in maori?

Whanau is pronounced as Farno. And it means Family

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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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Kei te aroha au ki a koe?

i love you

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What is the maori words for hello how are you?

Kia ora, kei te pehea koe? when talking to one person

Kia ora, kei te pehea korua? when talking to two people

Kia ora, kei te pehea koutou? when talking to three or more people

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What does mangere mean in maori?

Mangere, the name of a mountain and subsequently a suburb in South Auckland, comes from 'Hau mangere' meaning lazy winds.

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What does kei te hiamoe au mean?

I am sleepy

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What does hello mean in Maori?

Kia ora, It means literally "be well/healthy" but is usually translated and used as an informal "hi"

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What is twenty in maori?

rua tekau

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What does te aroha mean in maori?

the love

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How do you say no in maori?

kao/kahore

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What does ma te wa mean in maori?

"See you later".

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What does choka mean in New Zealand?

It means full. A person that had a lot to eat if asked would they like some more would say " no thanks i'm choka " or if you where asked if you could fit another person on a bus you would answer "Nah mate she's choka"

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What does te hana mean in maori?

I'm pretty sure hana means warmth or radiance but i don't know what te is.

Te means ' The' . Evidently another meaning of Te Hana is sparkling or shining.

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Why is English spoken in New Zealand?

History is the simple answer. New Zealand has three official languages, Maori, English and New Zealand Sign language.

Some early settlers spoke Gaelic, French, Norwegian, Danish, and Chinese. The image of the Tower of Babel (albeit apocryphal) is warning enough.

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What does kei whangarei toku kainga noho mean?

"Kei Whangarei toku kainga noho" means:

Whangarei is where I live.

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What does te piki mean in English from maori?

  • pīki(loan) (stative) big - a word used in colloquial speech usually placed before the word it modifies.
  • piki(loan) (noun) fig, fig tree, Ficus carica. Nā, ka toru aku tau i haere mai ai ahau ki te rapu hua i tēnei piki, ā kāhore ahau i kite (Ma 1841, wh2).Now, for the last three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree without finding any.
  • piki toka(noun) rock climbing.
  • piki1. (verb) (-a,-tia) to climb, ascend, climb over, get on. Ka kite hoki taku tuakana i a au e tū ana i te taha o te huarahi i tō mātau kāinga, ka whakatū ia i ana hōiho, kia piki atu au ki runga i te rore, ka noho i tōna taha (HP wh22).When my elder brother saw me standing at the side of the road at our home he stopped his horses and I climbed onto the lorry and sat beside him.

    2. (noun) ascent, climb.

  • piki(noun) feather plume (as decoration for the head).
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What does woman mean in maori?

Wahine

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In Maori what does marae mean?

A marae is like a church or a town hall in aotearoa (new Zealand) although not so much important now as before the pākihā came to nz. It is tapu (sacride). Pākihā are not aloud on the marea with out first being welcomed onto it which is a big prosese which I won't go into. The word marae means a place cleared, free of weeds, trees, etc. A marae is a speical place for your iwi.

A Marae however, unlike a church or town hall, often has more than one building. It will often have a whare, or sleeping room, with photos of the ancestors on the walls and beautiful handwork in the form of woven panels on the walls. Then there is usually a large hall where those who belong to that Marae and their guests may eat and food may be prepared. A Marae could be almost like a small village in a way and in some parts of New Zealand it is still used as such. More often it is a place where those who belong to the same Iwi - ie Family or tribe or large extended family, may gather for meetings or celebrations or Funerals (Tangi) and also a place where they can extend hospitality to visitors from out of Town. There is indeed quite a ceremony involved in being 'welcomed on to the Marae' - even for Maori themselves. This process involves singing (Karakia) and 'calling' the visitors on to the grounds of the Marae. It is a very stirring ceremony.

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What does tena koutou katoa mean in maori?

Greetings to you all.

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Numbers in maori 1-10?

One = Tahi

Two = Rua

Three = Toru

Four = Wha

Five = Rima

Six = Ono

Seven = Whitu

Eight = Waru

Nine = Iwa

Ten = Tekau

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What is the Maori name for New Zealand?

Aotearoa "the land of the long white cloud".

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What does the word hapu mean in Maori?

Hapu can mean pregnant or refer to a sub-section of a larger kinship group (Iwi).

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