Reo Māori Mai Blog

Information, kōrero and tips to help you grow your understanding of the context surrounding te reo Māori, and include more reo in your everyday conversations.

Karakia Kai

Karakia Kai

There are many different types of karakia for different contexts - one type which is often heard today is karakia kai. Māori did not traditionally say karakia before eating kai.
Karakia Whakakapi

Karakia Whakakapi

The purpose of karakia whakakapi (also referred to as karakia whakamutunga) are to close or finish something - for example; a lesson, a meeting, a wānanga, or the day.
Karakia Whakatuwhera

Karakia Whakatuwhera

The purpose of karakia whakatuwhera (also referred to as karakia tīmatanga) is to open or start something - for example; a lesson, a meeting, a wānanga, or the day.
Karakia

Karakia

It is difficult, as with many other Māori concepts and kupu (words), to adequately translate ‘karakia’ into English. As in the definition above, ‘chant’ may be the most objective translation. Karak...
Telling the time: Wātaka and Maramataka

Telling the time: Wātaka and Maramataka

Using days, weeks, months and years to measure the passing of time is something probably not given a second thought by many people - that’s just the way life goes. But it's not the only way we can...
Whakahua | Pronunciation for Kāri Manu

Whakahua | Pronunciation for Kāri Manu

Our Kāri Manu can be used to play classic kēmu such as Hī Ika/Go Fish, Maumahara/Memory, Taukapo/Snap - or anything else you can come up with! They can also be a helpful tool for learning te reo.
Learning te reo - more input is a must!

Learning te reo - more input is a must!

How can you increase your consumption of te reo Māori? Knowing that this will also help with the reo you are able to produce...
Building your mihi - awa, maunga, hapū, iwi and mōkai

Building your mihi - awa, maunga, hapū, iwi and mōkai

Tēnā koe!  Building your mihi is one of the first things people are often interested in when it comes to learning and/or engaging with te reo Māori. But where to start?