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Though most often recognised as an English-speaking nation, New Zealand actually has two official spoken languages: English and Maori. Here are a few key Maori words and phrases to try out during your travels. Haere mai!
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Hello Kia ora
Welcome Haere mai
Please Koa
Thank you Kia ora
Yes Ae
No Kaore
Do you speak Maori? Korero mai i te Reo Maori?
What is your name? Ko wai tou ingoa?
My name is… Ko… ahau
Where are you from? No hea koe?
I am from… No… ahau
How are you? Kei te pehea koe?
I am fine thanks, and you? Kei te pai
I don’t understand Kahore e mohio au
Excuse me Aroha mai
How much is this? E hia te utu?
Goodbye (said by the person leaving) E noho ra
Goodbye (said by the person staying) E haere ra
One Tahi
Two Rua
Three Toru
Four Wha
Five Rima
Six Ono
Seven Whitu
Eight Waru
Nine Iwa
Ten Tekau
Monday Mane
Tuesday Turei
Wednesday Wenerei
Thursday Taite
Friday Paraire
Saturday Hatarei/rahoroi
Sunday Ratapu
River Awa
Island Motu
Mountain Maunga
Sea, lake Moana
Hill Puke
Sky, heavens Rangi
Water Wai
Land Whenua
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