Te reo Māori mō te whare haumanu

Te Reo Māori for the clinic

Two free downloadable posters for your clinic, listing key words and terms used in clinic on an every day basis.

Remember that macrons count!  The little line you see above a word like tēpu (table), means the e in that word is sounded for a little longer.  It’s important as some words are spelt exactly the same but if you don’t use the long vowel sound when indicated by a macron, you could be saying a different word.  A good example is kēkē which means armpit, where as keke, means cake! You may also see double vowels, different iwi have different dialects, so if you see a double vowel in a word it is correct too, some examples are whānau or whaanau, Māori or Maaori, rōpū or roopu.

If you are unsure on how to pronounce a word, head on over to Te Aka Māori dictionary here, look up the word you are wanting to learn and next to it, you will see a little audio sign, click that, and you will hear a voice recording of the kupu (word).

I forgot two important words!  ae = yes and kao =no. 

Also the breath = hā – hā ki roto (breathe in), hā ki waho (breathe out).




“Te manu ka kai i te miro, nona te ngahere.Te manu ka kai i te matauranga, nona te ao”.

The bird that partakes of the berry, his is the forest.The bird that partakes of knowledge, his is the world.

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