Commonly Mispronounced Te Reo Māori Place Names

Commonly Mispronounced Te Reo Māori Place Names

August 24, 2015


It may surprise a few of you to know that a large number of places in New Zealand are Māori words. This years Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori (Māori Language Week) has made it abundantly clear that far too many of us are still mispronouncing these names.

The Wireless have compiled a list of a few commonly mispronounced place names that you should master. To learn more you can also listen to the recording at the top of the page. 

Remuera - re-moo-ear-a

Timaru - tee-mah-roo

Taupo - toe-paw

Tauranga - toe-rung-a

Akaroa - ah-car-oh-a

Motueka - more-two-aye-car

Matamata - mutter-mutter

Manukau - mar-nook-oh

Kaikoura - kai-co-rah

Oamaru - oh-ar-ma-roo

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Here's a list of the most commonly mispronounced Te Reo Māori place names that you should look to master.

Posted by New Zealand Human Rights Commission on Monday, 24 August 2015

Shawn Moodie

Shawn is the Human Rights Commission's Digital Communications Advisor.

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