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Ngā āhua o te huarere (The weather)


The characters are exposed to different types of weather. The wind is so strong that one boy, who is flying a kite, is lifted off the ground. His friend, who is trying to keep him grounded by holding onto his waist, is left holding his trousers!

Language Focus

There are two basic sentence patterns featured in this reomation. The first is a present tense verbal sentence, using the structure, ‘Kei te ...’, for example, ‘Kei te whiti te rā (The sun shines).

The second is a descriptive sentence, beginning with ‘He...’, for example, ‘He rangi wera’ (It’s a hot day).

You will also hear the term ‘nē rā’ at the end of a sentence – which, in spoken English, is equivalent to such phrases as ’Isn’t that so’ and ‘Eh’.

You will notice that if you want to intensify an adjective, you can add the word ‘tino’, for example, ‘tino mākū’ (very wet).

Transcript and Translation

Speaker Māori English
Rōpū tamariki (off-screen) Ngā āhua o te huarere The weather
Rōpū tamariki (off-screen) Kei te whiti te rā. The sun’s shining.
Sam He rangi wera. It’s a hot day.
Piripi Āe. He rangi paki. Yes. It’s a fine day.
Rōpū tamariki (off-screen) Kei te heke te ua. The rain’s falling.
Jenny He rangi mākū. He rangi tino mākū! It’s a wet day. A very wet day.
Rōpū tamariki (off-screen) Kei te pupuhi te hau. The wind’s blowing.
Mere He rangi makariri, nē rā? It’s a cold day, isn’t it?
Te Awarangi Āe. He rangi tino makariri. Yes. It’s a very cold day.
Mere Haere rā. Goodbye.