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Maori terms

Maori words and beliefs

what is Te Arawa? It was believed to be part of the great fleet. It was one of 7
What are the four main time periods for the maori people? the seeds, the growth, the flowering and the turning point
Ariki supreme chief
tapu sacred wisdom
mana authority
ihi excellence
wehi power inherited from the gods and the ancestors
rangatira a chief
patu a club (weapon)
kaumatua elders
kuia elder women
tohunga priest
tutua commoners (citizens)
Taurekareka or mokai slaves
tangata whenua people of the land
whanau family
hapu clan/group
marae outside meeting area
wharenui formal meeting house
pa village
tapu sacred law meaning taboo
atua gods
pounamu greenstone
Te Wai Pounamu place of greenstone
ponga silver fern
podocarp hard wood trees
Created by: TNT64