He Uiui Raumati

Nau mai ki tēnei Uiui Raumati - Summer Quiz

You decide the rules – especially about whether to use dictionaries, the web and other resources – you might need them!


  1. What is the Māori term for ‘revitalisation of the Māori language’?

a)       Te oranga reo Māori

b)      Te ora-anō-tanga o te reo Māori

c)       Te ohonga o te reo Māori

d)      Te whakarauoratanga o te reo Māori


 2.       Which word is used in the Māori Language Act 2016 for ‘New Zealand?

a)       Aotearoa

b)      Niu Tireni

c)       Te Waka me te Ika me te punga a Māui

d)      Nui Tireni


 3.       What does the word ‘turuhunga’ mean?

a)       A chairperson

b)      A tree in which birds gather during the season in which they are fat

c)       A kitset chair

d)      To be turned into a fairy


4.       Which word in Māori means both ‘wrinkled’ and ‘to laugh’?

a)       Katakata

b)      Katangio

c)       Ngingio

d)      Pukukata


5.       What is the difference between a patero and a pīhau?

a)       A patero is of greater volume than a pīhau

b)      Only men are able to pīhau

c)       A patero is a formal challenge while a pīhau is informal

d)      A bird will pīhau first thing in the morning but not patero


6.       An old word for ‘but’, or ‘on the other hand’ or ‘rather’ was:

a)       Ēngari

b)      Engaringari

c)       Engaringaringari

d)      Pata


7.       In the 19th century, who would say ‘e te Pika’?

a)       A whaler who saw a whale spout

b)      A follower of the Pikapika religion

c)       A Member of Parliament

d)      Someone addressing a zookeeper or a bookkeeper


8.       Which is the formal, correct way of saying 333?

a)       E toru rau, toru tekau mā toru

b)      Toru rau, toru tekau mā toru

c)       He haurua 666

d)      E toru rau, e toru tekau mā toru


9.       If your doctor said you had a ‘manawa kai tūtae’ would you take it as:

a)       Praise for your daring spirit

b)      A diagnosis of serious heart disease

c)       A traditional insult

d)      An indication of a well-functioning digestive system


10.   What is the Māori term for ‘etcetera’?

a)       Te mea, te mea

b)      Temea

c)       Meamea

d)      Etehetera


11.   In the first book attempting to describe the Māori language using English (1823), the word ‘dinghadingha’ is given as the Māori word for:

a)       Bell

b)      Hand

c)       Small row boat

d)      Thing


12. What is the correct spelling of the phrase used in Māori to express the English phrase ‘in a tick’ (very soon):

a)       ā kō tonu ake nei

b)      ākō tonu ake nei

c)       ā kō tonu āke nei

d)      ā kō tonuake nei




1. d) Te Whakarauoratanga o te reo

2. b) Niu Tireni

3. b) A tree in which birds gather during the season when they are fat

4. c) Ngingio

5. a) A patero is of greater volume than a pīhau

6. b) Engaringari

7. c) A Member of Parliament

8. a) E toru rau, toru tekau mā toru BUT give yourself a point for b) also because many good speakers say it that way!

9. a) Praise for your daring spirit

10. a) Te mea, te mea

11. b) Hand: we now spell it 'ringaringa'

12. a) ā kō tonu ake nei


For more quiz questions and other fun ideas to continue your reo journey over the Summer go to www.reomaori.co.nz/diy-hub/ideas/

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