The earth mother, often called Papa.
Integrity, sincerity, truthfulness. To be faithful to what is tika or right.
Cleansing rites for removing the tapu of people, places, and objects.
The fifteenth day of the month.
The Ngai Tahu name for Rangi.
The Sky Father, often called Rangi.
Long Unbroken Line. A brother of Aoraki.
The guardian spirit of all cultivated food, also known as Rongo.
Chief, leader, ruler.
Chiefly power and authority, sovereignty.
The Gospel or Good News.
The word for son.
The spirit and guardian of forests. The ancestor of human beings.
The spirit of the sea and guardian of all things that live in water.
Person, people, human.
Indigenous people of the land, or their descendants. Local people, home people, people of a marae are usually spoken of as hunga kāinga, iwi kāinga or tangata kāinga, not tangata whenua.
A word meaning ‘cry’ and in particular the wailing or keening for the dead expressed by Maori women. Very often it is used as an abbreviation for tangihanga, meaning the customary form of Maori funeral – a hui involving a process of grieving.
A treasure; something greatly valued. It may be something physical such as a carved heitiki, or it may be something intangible such as the language – te reo Maori.
This word is used in three senses:
Please note: when tapu refers to the Tapu of God it is written as Tapu.
The spirit of winds.
The world of light – this world, which God created out of darkness.
The spiritual world.
The Communion of Saints.
Carved figure usually on the gable of a meeting house.
The power of God.
The power of the human person.
The Holy Bible.
The Kingdom or Reign of God.
The Maori language.
The Gospel or Good News.
The Liturgical Year.
The second person of the blessed Trinity.
The holiness of God.
The sacredness of the human person.
The Treaty of Waitangi.
A period of time in which a series of events, affecting people and their lives, takes place, which enables people to reach goals, or moments of achievement.
The Holy Spirit.
The canoe of Aoraki. The South Island of New Zealand.
The separation of Rangi and Papa.
Justice, what is right or should be done. Demands that tapu be acknowledged and respected.
Custom or protocol; a particular way of doing things.
Full chiefly power, absolute authority. This is one of the principles of Kaupapa Maori.
The spirit of war. Sometimes called Tū. While it is usually Tane who makes the first person from the soil, this role is occasionally assigned to Tū. This is apparently because he took the form of a human being
Grandparents, more immediate ancestors. The singular is tupuna. Some areas use the term tīpuna.
The standing place from where one gains the authority to belong.
A burial place or cemetery of the extended family.
Song or hymn.
Genealogy or family tree. For more details explore this site.
A house or building.
Land. Afterbirth, placenta.
The first day of the month.