The Maori language is an important part of New Zealand culture. Here are a few useful words and phrases in Maori to help you ......
- Kia ora - hello
- Ka pai - great
- Haere Mai - welcome
- Ka kite ano - see you
- Haere ra - goodbye (to someone going)
- E nono ra - goodbye (to someone staying)
- Whanau - family
- Marae - meeting place
And finally, what about this: Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu--"the place where Tamatea, the man with the big knees, who slid, climbed and swallowed mountains, known as `landeater,' played his flute to his loved one!"