• Haaweatea Holly Bryson

8 Māori Words to Have You Celebrating Exactly Who You Are



When I started learning te reo Māori (the Maori language) I found my way home. The language is a treasure where even one ordinary word can provide immense understanding and wisdom. After all, the extraordinary hides in the ordinary. One word has me re-evaluating who I am.


With just 13 letters in the alphabet (8 consonants and 5 vowels), all words are deeply connected to each other. Vowels are seed sounds, across lands and cultures worldwide.

8 Māori words everyone should know, to have you celebrating who you are:

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August 2, 2015.




Photographer: Jimmy Nelson

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