Ngā ingoa Māori, Māori names
What’s on in the Library during Te wiki o te reo Māori?
Rātu—Tuesday 2 July—12-1PM
Putiputi making : Come and learn about raranga (Māori weaving) and make a putiputi
Rāapa – Wednesday 3 July—3.30pm – 5pm
Bilingual big screen entertainment. Cartoons, puppets & drama for whānau of all ages.
Rāpare—Thursday 4 July—10.30am—11.45am
Storytelling in te reo for our younger whānau members. Bring your kuia and koroua
Here are some online resources to help you brush up on your knowledge of ingoa Māori
From Kōrero Māori – Ingoa wahi o Aotearoa – an interactive map with sound files for pronunciation practice.
From Māori Language Commission – A list of place names
From Te Papa Museum of New Zealand – Name of the months in Māori
From Te Karaka: Issue 43 – An article on ancient Māori placenames in Te Waipounamu (South Island, New Zealand)
And here’s a new app for your smartphone called Kura which you can download from Google Play Store for android phones and from the iTunes store for Apple. Great for those already learning te reo and a fun way to learn ingoa hou (new Māori names for things).
And for those who want to do a bit more research into ingoa Māori:
From Land Information New Zealand, the ebook of Ngā tohu pūmahara: survey pegs of the past: understanding Māori place names.
From University of Waikato – An index of Māori names including the names of boundaries, Māori individuals, canoes, trees, landmarks and geographical locations compiled about 1925 by the missionary Rev. Henry James Fletcher.
Some books in our Māori Collection
So even if you only learn about one ingoa Māori (Māori name) today –
Ahakoa he iti he pounamu!
Although it is small it is a gem!