The Māori language is one of the most beautiful languages in the world. Unlike other indigenous languages in the world, it has experienced an ongoing cultural renaissance. Every year in Mahuru (September) we celebrate Te Reo in ‘Mahuru Māori’ or Māori Language Month.
Although any time of year is a good time to learn some Māori words, so I’ve reposted this now. 🙂 A lot of people liked this post and so I’ve added a few more phrases in there.
Māori is actually not one language, and there is not really one Māori people, but many tribes (Iwi) and many different dialects and variations in the language according to what part of New Zealand you happen to be in. Many proverbs come from particular tribes (iwi), other proverbs are variations of the same thing in different words throughout the country. For the purposes of simplicity I have amalgamated these proverbs from different Iwi together. The background images used throughout the proverbs are all from Archives NZ on Flickr and are Creative Commons. The remainder are purchased stock images.