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Te reo glossary

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Te reo glossary

Te Upoko o Te-Ika-a-Mauī

'the head of the fish of Maui' recognised name for the Wellington region, which in Māori mythology refers to the legend of Maui when he fished up the North Island of New Zealand. Therefore the Wellington region is the head (upoko) of the fish (ika)

Te Wai Pounamu

name for South Island of New Zealand - Waipounamu refers to the precious jade or greenstone located in parts of the South Island

Te Waka-a-Mauī

another name for South Island - 'The canoe of Maui

Te-Ika-a-Mauī

name for North Island of New Zealand

pepeha

motto usually refers to the natural features, marae and ancestors associated with a particular tribe or subtribe e.g. ancestral river or mountain

rohe

tribal sea

roto

lake

rua

river

tangata whenua

local people, native, aborigine

taua

war party

te reo

the Māori language

tikanga

meaning, customs

tupuna

ancestors