Maori love poem

Whakaata

To whakaata e roto te whakaata

Maku tena tino ataahua koe ki waiata

Kei hea ra mate, ma te haere koe ki roto

E ngari te po nga arohanui ko koe

Translated into Maori by Yvonne, voice Cole
Audio
To whakaata e roto te whakaata  Maku tena tino ataahua koe ki waiata  Kei hea ra mate, ma te haere koe ki roto  E ngari te po nga arohanui ko koe

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Haka and reo maori

Maori love poem (aroha ruri) for a distant princess of the South Seas islands. An answer of a man a bit poet, in front of your avenging weapon, your seduction, which drowned him in your beauty. You dance the "haka" in front of your lovers, just to make them smile.

The reo maori is an official language in New Zealand and spoken by 160,000 people, it is part of the Tahitian languages group.

Maori, the language of Polynesians settled in New Zealand a millennium ago, belongs to the Eastern Polynesian branch of the Malayo-Polynesian languages. It was the missionaries, who started to write it. The Williams family will do a dictionary and a grammar. If from the beginning of the 20 th century the Maori became in great danger, because the native Maori, learned English, rather than the language of their ancestors, in the 70s there will be a revival of the language. It is the University of Auckland in the 1950s, which with Briggs will begin this revival.

Bilingual schools, media broadcasting in Maori, a commission dealing with language, were created, and in this effort to keep it alive, maori became an official language. Since 2004 Maori have their tv channel. Nowadays, despite this effort, the majority of speakers speak it only as a second language, with all that implies. Bilingual schools teach the language, but people of the younger generation, between them, uses English as a daily language. The last people who are Maori-born speakers are all over 75 years old, and it can be said that if there are still many Maori speakers, there are very few who master perfectly the language.

The Maoris

The Maoris are the natives inhabitants of New Zealand. today they live mostly on the North Island. Althrough there number about 350.000, a recent survey showed that only 70,000 were fluent, in the language, and another 50,000 could understand it. The government of New zealand has taken steps to encourage its use and maori language kindergartens have been established in many schools. In 1987 it was made co-official with english.

Historically the Maoris are a Polynesian people whose original home was Tahiti. Their migration halway across the Pacific Ocean is believed to have occured in successive waves, the last and greatest taking place in the middle of 14th century.

Maori art is one of the most famous of Oceania for the richness and fineness of its carved and chiseled decorations on the frameworks of the headquarters, the pirogues and many suite objects. Stone and ivory are also skilfully worked to make weapons or ornaments.

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