• Posted on: 12/05/2022
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  • Tagged with: PSA Te Runanga

One perk of working from home during the pandemic is the extra time many of us have on our hands.

Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori has a challenge for New Zealanders: use this time to brush up on your Covid-19 related vocabulary and expressions, and sentences to check in on your whānau.

Covid-19 has introduced a whole new vocabulary; everything from self-isolation to social distancing – once alien concepts – have now become common turns of phrase.

Here are some words and phrases that will probably be (all too) familiar to you by now, and how to say them in te reo Māori.

Try practicing the words for…

Ngā kupu Pākehā         
Ngā Kupu Māori
Coronavirus Mate Korona
Covid-19 Kowheori-19
Vaccine Rongoā āraimate
Contact tracing Whakatewhatewha pānga/Kimi
Personal protective equipment (PPE) Kiripākai tinana
Face masks Ārai kanohi/Ārai huaketo
Hand sanitiser  Patuero ā-ringa
Self-isolation  Noho taratahi
Quarantine Taratahi
Social distancing Tū tīrara


  • Breathlessness
  • Aching body
  • Sore throat
  • Fatigue
  • Dry cough
  • Fever

Tohu Mate

  • Hēmanawa
  • Tinana mamae
  • Korokoro mamae
  • Rūhā/Ngenge
  • Mare tauraki
  • Kirikā

Be Kind

  • Check in on others
  • Help others

Kia atawhai

  • Me toro ki ētahi atu
  • Āwhinatia ētahi atu