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ahuru a small pink cod of SW Pacific water
ahuruhuru a small pink cod of SW Pacific water
aka a New Zealand vine
akatea a New Zealand vine with white flowers
akeake a New Zealand tree
akiraho a small New Zealand shrub with white flowers
amokura a white pelagian bird of tropical latitudes, with a red beak and red tail feathers
araara another name for TREVALLY, a kind of horse-mackerel
ariki the first-born male or female of a notable family
aroha love, compassion
aruhe the edible root of a New Zealand fern
ataata a grazing marine gastropod
atua a spirit or demon
aua the yellow-eye mullet
aue an exclamation of pain, distress or astonishment
awato the so-called vegetable caterpillar of New Zealand
aweto the so-called vegetable caterpillar of New Zealand
awhato the so-called vegetable caterpillar of New Zealand
awheto the so-called vegetable caterpillar of New Zealand
haeremai welcome
haka a ceremonial war-dance
hakari a ritual feast
haku the kingfish
hangi an open air cooking pit
hapu a subtribe
hapuka the groper
hapuku the groper
harakeke flax
heitiki a neck ornament of greenstone
heketara a small shrub that has flowers with white petals and yellow centres
hikoi to take part in a protest march: HIKOIS, HIKOIING, HIKOIED
hinahina a small, bushy white-barked tree of New Zealand, aka MAHOE
hinau a New Zealand tree
hioi a plant of the mint family
hoha bored, fed up
hoka red cod
hongi a traditional greeting, touching nose to nose: HONGIS, HONGIING, HONGIED
hori a Maori; falsehood
horoeka a New Zealand tree
horokaka a low-growing New Zealand plant with fleshy leaves and pink or white flowers
horopito a New Zealand plant
houhere a small evergreen New Zealand tree
huhu a New Zealand beetle
hui a social gathering
huia a New Zealand bird akin to a crow
hupiro a New Zealand name for STINKWOOD
inanga the New Zealand whitebait
iwi a tribe
kahawai a large marine fish of the perch family
kahikatea a tall New Zealand coniferous tree
kahikatoa a tall New Zealand coniferous tree
kai food, a meal
kaik = KAINGA, a village or small settlement
kaika = KAINGA, a village or small settlement
kaikai food, a feast
kaikawaka a small pyramid-shaped New Zealand conifer, aka PAHAUTEA
kaikomako a small New Zealand tree with white flowers and black fruit
kainga a village or small settlement
kaka a brownish-green New Zealand parrot
kakapo a ground-dwelling New Zealand parrot
kakariki a green-feathered New Zealand parrot
kamahi a tall New Zealand hardwood tree with pinkish flowers
kamokamo a kind of marrow found in New Zealand
kanae grey mullet
kanuka a New Zealand myrtaceous tree
kapuka a broadleaf tree
karaka a New Zealand tree with edible orange fruit
karakia a prayer
karamu a small New Zealand tree with glossy leaves and orange fruit
karanga a call or chant of welcome sung by a female elder; (verb) to sing a KARANGA: KARANGAS, KARANGAING, KARANGAED
karearea a New Zealand falcon
karengo an edible type of Pacific seaweed
karo a small New Zealand shrub or tree
karoro a large seagull with black feathers on its back
karuhiruhi the pied shag, Phalacrocorax varius, found in New Zealand
katipo a venomous black New Zealand spider
kaumatua a senior member of a tribe
kaupapa strategy, policy or cause
kauri a gum- and timber-yielding tree of New Zealand; its white timber
kaury a gum- and timber-yielding tree of New Zealand; its white timber
kauru the edible stem of the cabbage tree
kawa protocol or etiquette (in a Maori tribal meeting place)
kawakawa a New Zealand tree, aka PEPPERTREE
kawanatanga sovereignty
kawau the black shag
kea a large brownish-green parrot
kehua a ghost or spirit
kekeno a New Zealand fur seal
kekerengu a New Zealand bug
kereru a New Zealand pigeon
kete a basket woven from flax
kiekie a climbing bush plant of New Zealand
kiore a small brown rat native to New Zealand
kiwi a New Zealand Bird, aka APTERYX
ko a digging-stick
koekoea the long-tailed cuckoo of New Zealand
koha a gift or donation esp. of cash
kohekohe a New Zealand tree with large glossy leaves and reddish flower
kohutuhutu a New Zealand shrub with tasty purple berries
kokako a large dark grey wattled crow of New Zealand
kokiri the rough-skinned New Zealand triggerfish
kokopu any of several small freshwater fish of New Zealand
kokowai a type of clay used in decoration because of its reddish colour
konaki koneke a farm vehicle with runners at the front and wheels at the rear
konini the edible dark purple berry of the KOTUKUTUKU or tree fuchsia
korari a native New Zealand flax plant, aka CLADDIE
korero talk, conversation; (verb) to discuss: KOREROS, KOREROED, KOREROING
korimako the BELLBIRD
koro an elderly Maori man; a title of respect for an elderly Maori man
koromiko a flowering New Zealand shrub
korora the fairy penguin or little blue penguin
korowai a decorative woven cloak worn by a Maori chief
koru a stylized curved pattern used especially in carving
kotahitanga unity or solidarity
kotare a small greenish-blue kingfisher found in New Zealand and Australia
kotuku a kind of heron with brilliant white plumage, black legs, yellow eyes and bill
kotukutuku the tree fuchsia
koura a New Zealand freshwater crayfish
kowhai a New Zealand tree with golden flowers
kowhaiwhai a type of pattern in Maori decorative art
kuia a Maori female elder or elderly woman
kuku a large fruit-eating pigeon of New Zealand
kumara the sweet potato
kumera the sweet potato
kumarahou a New Zealand shrub
kumikumi a kind of marrow found in New Zealand
kunekune a feral wild dog
kuri a mongrel, an extinct native dog
kutu a body louse, a COOTIE
mairehau a small aromatic shrub of New Zealand
mako a kind of shark
makutu Polynesian witchcraft; (verb) to cast a spell on: MAKUTUS, MAKUTUING, MAKUTUED
mamakau a tall edible New Zealand tree fern
mamako a tall edible New Zealand tree fern
mamaku a tall edible New Zealand tree fern
mana an impersonal supernatural force
manaia a figure in Maori carving consisting of a human body and bird-like head
manatu a large flowering New Zealand deciduous shrub
manawa a mangrove
mangeao a small New Zealand tree with glossy leaves
manoao a shrub of the heath group
manuhiri a visitor to a MARAE
manuka an Australian and New Zealand tree of the myrtle family
maomao a New Zealand fish
mapau a small New Zealand tree with reddish bark
marae a meeting-place
marari the BUTTERFISH
matagouri a thorny bush of New Zealand, forming thickets in open country
matai a coniferous evergreen tree of New Zealand, aka black pine
matata a New Zealand bird, aka FERNBIRD
matipo a New Zealand shrub
mauri the soul
meri a war-club
miha a young fern frond that has not opened
mihi a ceremonial greeting; (verb) to greet ceremonially > MIHIS, MIHIING, MIHIED
mingimingi a type of New Zealand tree with white berries
miro a tall coniferous tree of New Zealand
miromiro a small New Zealand bird
moa an extinct ostrich-like New Zealand bird
mohua a small New Zealand bird with yellow head and breast
moki a New Zealand sea fish
mokihi a Maori raft
moko a system of tattooing
mokomoko a type of skink found in New Zealand
mokopuna a grandchild or young person
monoao a shrub of the heath group
motu a small reef island in the Pacific
namu a black New Zealand sandfly
nanua a New Zealand sea fish, aka MOKI
neinei a type of plant
ngai clan or tribe, as used before the names of certain Maori tribes
ngaio a New Zealand tree with white wood
ngarara a lizard found in New Zealand
ngati a tribe or clan
nikau a type of palm-tree
ongaonga a New Zealand nettle with a severe or fatal sting
orihou a small New Zealand tree
pa pah a hill fort
pahautea a small pyramid-shaped New Zealand conifer, aka KAIKAWAKA
pakahi acid land unfit for cultivation
pakeha a white man; a non-Polynesian citizen
pakihi an area of swampy infertile land
pakirikiri the blue cod
pakoko a small fish, aka BULLY
papauma a kind of tree
parapara a small New Zealand tree with very sticky fruits, aka Birdcatcher tree
parera a New Zealand duck with brown-edged grey feathers
parore a type of fish found around New Zealand and Australia
pataka a building on stilts, used to store provisions
patiki the New Zealand sand flounder or dab
patu a short club
patutuki the blue cod
paua a name for the abalone shell
pawa a name for the abalone shell
pihoihoi a variety of New Zealand pipit
pikau a rucksack
piopio a New Zealand thrush, thought to be extinct
pipi A type of edible shellfish
pipiwharauroa a Pacific migratory bird with metallic gold-green plumage
piupiu a skirt, traditionally made from strips of flax, worn by both men and women
piwakawaka a New Zealand bird, aka the Grey Fantail
poaka a New Zealand bird of the stilt family
pohiri powhiri a ceremony of welcome, esp to a marae
pohutukawa a New Zealand evergreen which bears clusters of red flowers in December and January; thus called the Christmas tree
poi a light ball swung on a string in traditional Maori dancing
ponga a tall tree-fern of New Zealand, with soft thick leaves
porae a large edible seafish of New Zealand waters
porangi crazy
potae a hat
puckerood puckerooed exhausted
puha sow-thistle
puka any tobacco plant having broad leaves
pukatea an aromatic New Zealand tree, valued for its high-quality timber
pukeko a New Zealand wading bird with bright plumage
puku the belly or stomach
punga a tall tree-fern of New Zealand, with soft thick leaves
puriri a timber tree of New Zealand, with red berries and glossy green leaves
putangitangi a New Zealand bird, aka paradise duck
rahui a Maori prohibition
rangatira a leader or chief
rangatiratanga the condition of being a Maori chief
rangi sky
rangiora an evergreen New Zealand shrub with large ovate leaves and small greenish-white flowers
rata any of several New Zealand trees of the myrtle family
raupatu confiscation of land
raupo the New Zealand bulrush
rauriki sow-thistle
rawaru the blue cod
reo a New Zealand language
reperepe the elephant fish, a large fish of the Pacific with a trunk-like snout
reremai the basking shark
rewarewa a New Zealand tree whose wood is used in furniture making
rimu a coniferous New Zealand tree
riroriro the grey warbler
runanga an assembly or council
ruru the BOOBOOK owl
taiaha a long-handled club with a sharp tip
taihoa hold on!
takahe an almost-extinct, New Zealand, brightly colored, flightless bird with a large bill
tangi a ceremony of mourning
taniwha a mythical monster, that lives in very deep water
taonga treasure
tara (Chambers) a variety of bracken found in New Zealand and Tasmania; (Collins) the white-fronted tern
taraire a type of New Zealand tree
tarakihi an Australasian foodfish
terakihi an Australasian foodfish
taramea a variety of New Zealand speargrass
tauhinu a poplar tree
tauhou a greenish-coloured tropical songbird, aka SILVEREYE
tauiwi non-Maori people of New Zealand. [Maori 'foreign race']
taupata a New Zealand tree with shiny dark green leaves
tawai any of various species of Nothofagus, New Zealand beech
tawhai any of various species of Nothofagus, New Zealand beech
tawheowheo a type of azalea found in New Zealand
tawhiri a small New Zealand tree with wavy glossy dark green leaves
tikanga usage or custom
tiki to take a scenic tour round an area
tipuna an ancestor
titipunamou a kind of New Zealand wren
tupuna an ancestor
tiriti another name for the Treaty of Waitangi
titarakura a small freshwater fish of New Zealand
titoki a New Zealand tree
toetoe a tall reedlike grass of New Zealand
toitoi a tall reedlike grass of New Zealand
toheroa a kind of New Zealand shellfish
tohunga a priest, a wise man with healing powers
tokotoko a ceremonial carved Maori walking stick
tomo a shaft formed by the action of water on volcanic or limestone rock
totara a New Zealand timber tree, with reddish wood: mahogany pine
tuatara a primitive reptile found in New Zealand
tuatera a primitive reptile found in New Zealand
tuatua an edible marine bivalve mollusc of New Zealand
tui a New Zealand bird, a honey-guide
tumatakuru a native thorny shrub of New Zealand, aka Wild Irishman
turangawaewae the area that is a person's home
umu a type of oven
utu the settlement of a debt
wahine a Maori woman
wai water
waiata a Maori song
wairua a spirit or soul
waka a traditional Maori canoe, usu made of a hollowed tree trunk
wakame an kind of edible seaweed
warehou any of several edible New Zealand fish
weka a flightless rail of New Zealand
wero a challenge made by an armed Maori warrior to a visitor to a MARAE
weta a large New Zealand grasshopper
whaikorero formal speech-making as forming part of the ceremonies at a MARAE
whakairo the art of carving
whakapapa a family tree
whanau a family, esp an extended one
whare a house
wharenui a tall carved building used as a guesthouse
wharepuni a tall carved building used as a guesthouse
whata a building on stilts used for storing provision
whenua land
whio a New Zealand mountain duck with blue plumage