Glossary of Te Reo Māori


North Island, now used as the Māori name for New Zealand

Hauora Māori

Māori health and wellness


Network of people with shared ancestry, associated with a distinct territory


Topic, matter for discussion, plan, proposal or initiative

Kohanga reo

Preschool class in which the lessons are conducted in Te Reo Māori


Spiritual power, qualities of prestige, authority, influence, charisma


Knowledge, understanding, wisdom, skill

Mauri Ora

Healthy individuals


New Zealanders of European descent


To be of high rank, chiefs

Taha hinengaro

Mental health

Taha tinana

Physical health

Taha wairua

Spiritual health

Taha Whānau

Family health

Te Ao Māramantanga

New Zealand College of Mental Health Nurses

Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu

Distance schooling (formerly “The Correspondence School”)

Te Pou Matakana

The sentinel tower, a pivotal point with the constructs of Māori pā

Te Puni Kōkiri

Ministry of Māori Development

Te Reo Hāpai

Language of enrichment

Te Reo Māori

The Māori language

Wai Ora

Health environments


Extended family and immediate community

Whānau Ora

Family health (a health initiative driven by Māori cultural values)


Meeting house, large house, main building

The glossary of terms was developed with reference to and through discussions with stakeholders during the OECD study visit.

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