Topic: Tauranga’s Māori named suburbs and streets

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A list of Tauranga place names and translations put together by Maori services and the Takawaenga unit for Te Wiki o Te reo Maori 2008 but also used in 2012 and 2013. Also included are the meaning of names.

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Suburb Place Names

Pronunciation Guide

Literal Meaning

Arataki

Ah-dah-tar-key

To guide

Hairini

Heidi-nee

Cyrene (biblical name)

Kairua

Ky-doo-ah

To eat twice

Matua

Mar-too-ah

Parents

Matapihi

Mut-tar-pee-he

Window or view

Mauao

Mow-owe

Caught by the dawn

Maungatapu

Mow-ngah-tar-pooh

Sacred mountain

Omanu

Or-mun-nooh

Place of birds

Otūmoetai

Or-too-moi-tie

Sleeping tides

Papamoa

Pah-pah-more-ah

Place of moa

Tauranga

Toe-dah-ngah

Safe anchorage

Te Maunga

Teh-mow-ngah

The Mountain

Wairoa

Why-dor-ah

Long water

 

 

 

Main Street Names

Pronunciation Guideline

Literal Meaning

Kaitemako Rd

Ky-teh-mar-core

To eat shark

Ngatai Rd

Ngah-tie

Name of a local ancestor

Maranui Rd

Mar-daah-new-ee

 

Matapihi Rd

Mar-tar-pee-he

Window or view

Maunganui Rd

Mow-ngah-new-ee

Large mountain

Maungatapu Rd

Mow-ngah-tar-pooh

Sacred mountain

Ohauiti Rd

Or-hoe-ee-tee

Light winds

Takitimu Dr

Tar-key-tee-moo

Local ancestral canoe

Tamatea Arikinui Dr

Tar-mar-tear-Ah-dee-key-new-ee

Name of local ancestor

Te Maunga Rd

Teh -mow-ngah

The mountain

Totara St

Tore-tar-dah

A native tree

Waihi Rd

Why-he

Whistling water

 

Common Māori Words

Pronunciation Guideline

Literal Meaning

Aroha

Ah-door-har

Love

Haka

Huck-ah

War challenge

Hāngi

Har-ng-ee

Earth oven

Hapū

H-up-pooh

Clan / pregnant

Iwi

Ee-wee

Tribe / bones

Kauri

Co-dy

Native tree

Kia ora

Key-ya-order

Hello / Thank you

Kiwi

Key-we

National icon

Mānuka

Mar-new-kah

Native tree

Māori

Mar-oar-dy / mardi

Natural / native / indigenous

Marae

Mar-dye

A Māori village

Pah

Fortified village

Rimu

Dee-moo

Native tree

Waka

Wuck-kah

Canoe

Whānau

Far-know

Family

 

Basic Pronunciation Guide

Vowels

There are 5 vowel sounds in Māori, they can be pronounced ‘short’ or ‘long’.  In written form, the long sound is usually marked with a macron eg a / ā

a          as in putt                    ā          as in ear

e          as in pencil               ē          as in measure

i           as in eat                     ī           as in heel

o          as in fork                    ō          as in your

u          as in you                    ū          as in root   

Where two different vowels appear together, they each retain their basic sound but are run together to create a smooth sounding transition.  Maori words always end in a vowel

 

Consonants

The consonants sounds are: p, t, k, m, n, ng, wh, r, h, w

ng       as in singer

wh       as the f in feather

r           pronounced quite close to the English L, with the tongue near the front of the mouth

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