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Maori and Unique New Zealand Words Explained - New Zealand Travel Glossary

Maori is an official language of New Zealand and it is used widely in place names and other aspects of society. Here are some explanations of words you may encounter in your travels through New Zealand.
  1. Maori Place Names (3)
  2. Plants, Birds and Animals (4)
  3. Native Trees (5)
  4. General Words and Phrases (6)

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Kauri
New Zealand Native Tree

Kaitaia
Town in Northland, North Island, New Zealand

Marae
Maori meeting place

Kereru
New Zealand Bird

Puriri
Native New Zealand tree.

Rimu
The rimu is one of New Zealand's finest trees

Paua
New Zealand Shellfish

Pa
Maori village

Maori
A native New Zealander

Kowhai: New Zealand Native Tree
The kowhai is a native tree of New Zealand, noted for its bright yellow flowers.

Pohutukawa
Native New Zealand tree

Whakatane
Town in Eastern Bay of Plenty

Tui
New Zealand Bird

Opotiki
Township in Eastern Bay of Plenty, North Island, New Zealand.

Pakeha
A non-Maori New Zealander

Waka
Maori canoe

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