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Maori vocabulary

English translation

au/ahau I/me
harirū to shake hands when greeting another person
he aha? what?
hongi to greet another person by pressing noses
karanga to call, a ritual call of welcome or reply (usually done by women)
kawa protocols and practices
koha gift
marae ātea the area in front of a meeting house between the hosts and the guests during a welcome
mihi to greet another person
mihimihi an introductory and less formal greeting
poroporoaki farewell speech
pōwhiri a formal welcome
tomokanga, waharoa entrance or gateway to a marae
whaikōrero formal speech, oratory (usually given by men)
whare horoi ablutions (toilet and shower block on a marae)
wharemoe sleeping house

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