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Te Reo Māori Commands, Greetings & Words You Can Use at Home.

Whaea Holly is a passionate advocate for Te Reo Māori and harnesses a strong inclusive approach within her practice.

Here she shares some of her knowledge that she has learnt on her Te Reo Māori journey.

Whaea Holly from The Boulevard has shared a bit about herself and her beliefs as a kaiako, and has kindly taken time to put together some Te Reo Māori commands, greetings and words commonly used in the centre that you can practice using at home with your tamariki.

Whaea Holly’s Pepeha

Tēna koutou katoa

Ko Kaituna cut te awa e mahea nei aku māharahara.
Ko Papamoa hills te maunga e rū nei taku ngākau.
E mihi ana ki ngā tohu o nehe,o Papamoa e noho nei au.
Ko Pākehā te waka.
Ko tēhe I taku mihi ki ngā tāngata whenua o te rohe nei.
Ko Sinkinson te ingoa Whanau.
Ko Pitrisha rāua ko John ōku tipuna mātua.
Ko Tracey Sinkinson toku mama ko Brett Sinkinson toku pāpā.
Ko Holly Sinkinson tōku ingoa.
Nō reira, tena koutou katoa.

Connecting With Culture

I believe in following treaty-based practices, respecting and recognising all cultures’ knowledge, ideas, beliefs and values. Treaty-based practice in an ECE role incorporates the responsibility of three principles, partnership, protection and participation in Te Tiriti o Waitangi. ECE reflects on this historical knowledge by incorporating bicultural practices and responsibilities when providing inclusive and equitable educational rights. It is so important to connect tamariki with their culture as it creates an empowering environment where all tamariki will build a sense of belonging and identity and feel able to contribute, build relationships, and grow their mana.

Here are some Te Reo Māori commands, greetings and words you can use at home with your tamariki!

Commands

E huri – To turn around
E noho – To sit
E peke – To jump
E tū – To stand up
Huri mai – Turn towards me
Haere mai – Come towards me
Homai te – Give / pass me the
Hongihongi i tēnei putiputi – Smell this flower
Homai tō rima – Give me five
Haere mai ki te whāriki – Come to the mat
E moe – Go to sleep
E oho – Wake up (command)
Me waiata tātou – Shall we (all) sing
Me karakia tuatahi – Lets say karakia first
Titiro mai – Look towards me
Kōrero mai anō – Say/speak again
Whakarongo mai tamariki mā – Listen children
Tangohia tō pōtae – Take off your hat
Whakahokia te pukapuka – Put/return the book back
Whakarongo mai – Listen to me

Greetings

Tēnā koe – Hello to one person (formal)
Tēnā kōrua – Hello to two people (formal)
Mōrena – Morning
Kia ora – Hello
Haere rā – Goodbye (if you are staying)
E noho rā – Goodbye ( if you are leaving and farewelling someone staying)
Ka kite anō – See you again
Tēnā koutou – Hello to three or more people
Mā te wā – See you later
Ka kite āpopo – See you tomorrow

Animals

Ngeru – Cat
Kuri – Dog
Manu – Bird
Rakiraki – Duck
Rāpeti – Rabbit
Arewhana – Elephant
Makimaki – Monkey
Mokonui – Dinosaur
Hipi – Sheep
Poaka – Pig

Other Words

Wharepaku– Toilet
Pai – Good
Nui – Big
Mōmona – Fat
Kaha – Strong
Roa – Long
Ātaahua – Beautiful
Wera – Hot
Mōhio -Clever
Tere – Fast
Reka – Sweet
Tawhito – Old
Teitei – Tall
Iti – Small
Putiputi – Flower
Pikitia – Picture
Pukapuka – Book
Motoka – Car