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Handy Maori words to know if visiting New Zealand

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Pounamu - greenstone Report Abuse
Special stone for the Maoris who used it for a variety of purposes
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Whanau - family Report Abuse
Most NZers talk about their whanau - it is a widely interchangeable word with family
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Kia Ora - hello Report Abuse
Can be used by anyone - NZers often say kia ora to each other as a form of greeting
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E noho ra - goodbye Report Abuse
Useful to know
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Aroha - compassion, love Report Abuse
NZers often sign off letters with Aroha
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Haka - chant with dance performed as a challenge Report Abuse
The Haka is world famous - the NZ rugby team perform it before each match
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Haere Mai - Welcome, enter Report Abuse
If visiting NZ you are sure to hear this phrase at some stage
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Tena koe - formal greeting to 1 person Report Abuse
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Hapu - clan, tribe Report Abuse
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Iwi - nation Report Abuse
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Ranatira - chief, boss Report Abuse
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Pakeha - people of European descent living in NZ Report Abuse
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Tamariki - children Report Abuse
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Moana - sea Report Abuse
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Puku - belly Report Abuse
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Kai - food Report Abuse
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Tena Kotou - formal greeting to many people Report Abuse
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Wai - water Report Abuse
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Morena Report Abuse
Good morning
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Marae - Maori meeting house Report Abuse
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Hui - meeting Report Abuse
Often used in random conversation by NZers
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