Māori Dictionary
A Maori Dictionary of common words and phrases has been compiled to help with their meanings and pronunciation.
Eske Style would like you to know that the information given below is intended as a general guide only.


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From The English Dictionary - R

rabbit - rāpeti

Rabbit Island - Moturoa

Motu - Island
roa - long.
Long Island.

Raglan - Whāingaro

Raglan, a coastal town on the west coast of the North Island of New Zealand some 50 km from Hamilton is famous for it's surfing, music, artisans, cafés and lifestyle.

rat - kiore

Māori name for a species of rat (rattus exulans). It is the world's third most widely distributed rat, found throughout the Asia/Pacific area.

red - whero

A colour

right - katau

river - awa

Robert - Ropata

Robert - Rāpata

rock - pōhatu

Rose - Rohi

run - oma

From The Maori Dictionary - R



Raetea -

Raetea - A mythical taniwha dragon in Māori mythology.

Raetihi -

Rae - headland
tihi - summit, peak.

Rāhui-pōkeka - Huntly

rākau -


Rakiura - Stewart Island

Rakiura - Glowing skies - possibly a reference to the
sunsets for which Stewart Island is famous for the aurora ustralis the Southern Lights that are a phenomenon of our Southern latitudes.
The southern most island of New Zealand.

rangatahi -


Rangatira -

person of chiefly rank

Rangaunu -

Ranga - shoal of fish
unu - to pull out.
Good fishing.

Rangi - sky

Rangikapiti -

Rangi - upper regions
kapiti - joined

Ranginui -

The Sky Father

Rangiriri -

Rangi - sky
riri - angry.
The angry sky.

Rangitata -

Lowering cloud.

Rangitikei -

Rangi -sky
'tikei - extend, stretch out.

Rānui-pōkeka - Huntly

Located in the Waikato District North Island, New Zealand.

raparapa -

the end part of the maihi representing the fingers of the whare tūpuna.

Rāpata - Robert

rāpeti - rabbit

raro - bottom

Rarotonga - Mt Smart

raruraru - trouble

rau -

Hundred, many, leaf, oar blade.

Raumati - Summer

The warmest season of the year, in the Northern Hemisphere from June - August and in the Southern Hemisphere from December - February.

Rawene -

Setting Sun

Rāwiri - David

reo - language

reta - letter

riki -

Small, few, minor.

rima - five

Rimutaka -

From the Mā remutaka - to sit down.

ringa - arm

ringa - hand

Riri - Lily

rito -

centre shoot of flax

riwai - potatoe

roa -

Long or high.

rohe -


Rohi - Rose

Rongo -

god of peace used to refer to the peaceful domain within the meeting house

Ropata - Robert

rōpū - group

roto - lake

Rotoiti -

Roto – Lake
iti – little.

Rotokakahi -

Roto - lake
kakahi - freshwater shellfish.

Rotoroa -

Roto -Lake
roa - long.

Rotorua -

The full name is Rotorua-nui-a-Kahu.
Roto - lake
rua - two.
Literally translated Rotorua means second lake. It was named by the Māori chief Ihenga, as it was the second major lake that he discovered. The lake is the largest of a multitude found to the north and east of the city, all connected with the Rotorua Caldera and nearby Mount Tarawera.

rourou -

a food basket

rua -

pit for storing food

Ruamahanga River -

Relating to the River.
Rua - two
mahanga - forks.
Situated in the South Wairarapa District at the southern most corner of New Zealand's North Island.

Ruapehu -

Rua - two
pehu - to explode.

Ruawai -

Rua - two
wai - water.
Named in recognition of the location beside two waters, the Northern Wairoa River and the Kaipara Harbour.

Ruhi - Lucy

Ruihi - Louise

Ruka - Luke

runanga -

tribal or public assembly, conference, council

ruru -

owl or morepork
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