A

-ahi kā (keep the fires burning)
-āki (to encourage, urge on)
-ako (learn, study, teach)
-Aotearoa (Original name of New Zealand)
-apakura (to sing a lament)
-Ariki (Chief)
-atua (god)
-awa (river, stream, creek)

E

-Eramiha Neke Kapua (a famous Māori carver, tohunga, and farmer)

H

-hā (to breathe, taste)
-haehae (to scratch, draw, tear)
-hangi (an earth oven)
-hapū (kinship-tribe, pregnant)
-harakeke (flax)
-Hawaiki (ancient homeland of Polynesians)
-hina (grey-haired)
-hongi (Māori greeting)
-hue (gourd, calabash)
-hui (meeting, gathering, assembly)
-Huka-a-tai (sacred stone)
-Hura Waikato (river in Waikato)

I

-ihi (an essential force, excitement, thrill)
-Io (The supreme being)
-Iro (the moving maggot)
-iwi (tribe, bones)

K

-kahikatea (white pine)
-kai (food)
-kaihaukai (reciprocal present of food)
-Kāi Tahu (main iwi in South Island)
-kaitiaki (guardian)
-Kaitiakitanga (guardianship)
-kaiwhaikōrero (oratory, the hallowed realm)
-kākahi (freshwater mussel)
-karakia (prayer, chant)
-karanga (to call, summon)
-Kaumatua (elder)
-kaupapa (topic, plan, purpose, theme, issue)
-Kawhia (an inlet in the Waikato region)
-kererū (wood pigeon)
-kete (basket)
-Kingītanga (the Māori King movement)
-kiore (Polynesian rat)
-kō (stick)
-kōkako (wattle bird)
-kōkōwai (red ochre)
-kōrero (speak, talk)
-korowai (traditional cloak)
-kōwhaiwhai (painted ornamentation)
-kūmara (sweet potato)
-Kura (school, education)
-kurī (dog)

M

-mahi (work)
-mahinga kai (food resource)
-Maketu (a town in Bay of Plenty)
-mamaku (black tree fern)
-mana (spiritual authority)
-manaaki (to support, show respect)
-Manaakitanga (hospitality, kindness, generosity of mana)
-manaia (stylised figure in whakairo)
-mana whenua (territorial rights)
-mangā (barracouta)
-manu (bird)
-manuhiri (visitor, guest)
-Māori (Indigenous people of Aotearoa)
-Mapoutahi pā (a pā site in the Otago region)
-marakihau (mythical sea creature)
-mataī (black pine)
-Mataora (tattooing instrument, named after Mataora)
-Matariki (Māori new year)
-mātauranga (knowledge)
-Māui-tikitiki-a-taranga (Polynesian hero)
-maunga (mountain)
-mauri (life force)
-miromiro (white-breasted tomtit)
-moa (extinct flightless bird species)
-mohoao (black flounder)
-Muriranga-whenua (Māuis grandmother)

N

-ngahere (forest)
-Ngāi Tahu (former name of Kāi Tahu)
-nga kapeka (branches of a tree or river)
-Ngāti Hikairo (iwi located between Pirongia mountain and Kāwhia Harbour)
-Ngāti Maniapoto (iwi of the King Country area)
-Ngāti Tarāwhai (iwi of Rotorua area)
-Ngaroto (one of the largest lakes in the Waipa district)
-Ngāti Porou (iwi of the East Coast area north of Gisborne to Tihirau)
-nīkau (native palm)
-noa (only, unrestricted, opposite of tapu)

O

-ohu (worker, volunteer, working bee)
-Owheo (waters of the Leith in Dunedin)

P

-pā (fortified village)
-pakake (whale)
-Pākehā (people of European descent)
-Papatūānuku (Earth Mother, life giver)
-pātaka (storage house)
-patu (weapon, to hit)
-pepe (baby, life)
-pepeha (to be the subject, individual introduction)
-piringa (connection, link, shelter)
-pītoitoi (Riverhead)
-pōhā (kelp bag)
-Pōhāu (a lure, hook with a bone barb)
-pou (wooden post)
-poukai (a mass hangi from Tawhiao to feed the widowed, orphaned and bereaved)
-pounamu (greenstone)
-poutokomanawa (central ridge pole of a wharenui)
-pouwhenua (boundary marker, long weapon)
-Pūrākanui (region in Otago)
-pūrākau (myth, legend, story)
-Pūrekireki (a region south of Hamilton)
-puwerewere (spider, carving design)
-pōwhiri (to welcome, invite)

R

-rāhui (temporary prohibition)
-Rākaihautū (leader of the Uruakokapuarangi canoe)
-rākau (wood, tree)
-Ranginui (Sky father)
-Rangi-tamaku (the second heaven)
-rauiri (eel weir, tea tree)
-Rauru (spiral carving method)
-reo (voice, sound, speech)
-rina (a passive ending)
-Rongo (god of cultivation and peace)
-Rongoā (to treat, apply medicines)
-Rua-i-te-pukenga (the acquirement of knowledge)

T

-taiaha (common weapon, staff)
-tāmoko (traditional tattoo)
-Tāne Mahuta (god of the forest, insects, and animals)
-Tangaroa (god of the ocean and marine animals)
-tāngata (people, humans)
-tangi (funeral)
-taonga (treasured, sacred, prized)
-taonga puoro (instrument)
-tapu (set apart, restricted, sacred, prohibited)
-Tauira (student, pupil)
-Te ao Māori (the world of Māori)
-Te Arawa (the confederation of iwi and hapu)
-Te Ika-a-Maui (the North Island)
-tekōtekō (central whakairo figure)
-Te Pātaka o Rākaihautū (the food basket of Rākaihautū, Banks Peninsula)
-Te Rā (the Sun)
-Te Takarangi (the double spiral in whakairo)
-Te Tini o te Hakuturi (the bow-legged ones)
-Te Waipounamu (the South Island)
-Te Wānanga o Aotearoa (University of Aotearoa)
-tieke (to check, measure)
-tikanga (protocol, procedure, custom)
-tītoki (native berry)
-tohunga (spiritual specialist, expert, priest, healer)
-Toi (origin, summit, source)
-Toroa (albatross)
-tōtara (native tree)
-tuatara (native lizard)
-Tūhoe (iwi of the Bay of Plenty)
-tukutuku (let go, send, ornament on whare walls)
-Tūrangawaewae (a place to stand)

U

-Unaunahi (fish scale, carving design)
-Uruao (tail of the Scorpion constellation, Rākaihautūs waka)
-urupā (cemetery, graveyard)
-utu (reciprocate, revenge, amend)

W

-waharoa (entrance to a pā)
-wāhine (female, women, feminine)
-wai (water)
-Waikato (North Island region)
-Wairau (a river in Malborough)
-wairua (spirit, soul)
-waka (canoe)
-wakawaka (share, division of a harvesting area)
-waka huia (trinket box)
-waka-katea (double-hulled canoe)
-wana (thrilling, inspiring)
-wehi (to be awesome, afraid, fear)
-whakairo (Māori wood carving)
-Whakapapa (connection to living things, to lay flat, genealogy)
-whakapono (faith, to trust)
-whakataukī (to say a proverb, a saying)
-whakawhanungatanga (to make social bonds)
-whānau (family)
-wharenui (large meeting house)
-wharetaonga (museum)
-Whatiwhatihoe (a small settlement in Waikato)
-Whatu (stone)
-wheako (personal experience)
-whenua (land, placenta)

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