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Maori New Zealand Proverbs, Quotes, and Sayings

Maori New Zealand Proverbs, Quotes, and Sayings

Maori New Zealand Proverbs, Quotes, and Sayings

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“Turn your face toward the sun and the shadows will fall behind you.”
– Maori Proverb

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“As man disappears from sight, the land remains.”
– Maori Proverb

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“As an old net withers, another is remade.”
– Maori Proverb

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“There is food at the end of my hands.”
– Maori Proverb

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“Don’t die like an octopus, die like a hammerhead shark.”
– Maori Proverb

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“Have two strings to your bow.”
– Maori Proverb

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“An active person will remain healthy while a lazy one will become sick.”
– Maori Proverb

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“One canoe which we are all in with no exception.”
– Maori Proverb

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“Early arrivals have the pick.”
– Maori Proverb

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“When one chief disappears another is ready to appear. No one is indispensable.”
– Maori Proverb

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“It would be better to let others praise.”
– Maori Proverb

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“To rest on human support is unreliable, to rest on the earth is sure.”
– Maori Proverb

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“For a woman and land, men perish.”
– Maori Proverb

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“He who stands lives; he who sits perishes.”
– Maori Proverb

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Maori New Zealand Proverbs, Quotes, and Sayings

Young Maori man performing in a kapahaka group

Maori Sayings

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“Kia Ora”
– Maori Saying for “Hello”

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“Haere Mai.”
– Maori Saying for “Welcome”

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“Tēnā Koutou”
– Maori Saying for “Hello,” to a group of people

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“Haere Ra”
– Maori Saying for “Goodby”

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“Ka Kite Ano”
– Maori Saying for “See you tomorrow”

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“Kia kaha”
– Maori Saying for “Be strong”

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“Kei te pēhea koe?”
– Maori Saying for “How are you?”

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Maori New Zealand Proverbs, Quotes, and Sayings

The Haka Powhiri, a chant, and dance of welcome

New Zealand – “Aotearoa” in Māori

  • Country:        New Zealand or “Aotearoa” in Māori
  • Capital:          Wellington
  • Largest city:   Auckland
  • Population:    5 million
  • Stages of Independence from the United Kingdom:
    • Responsible government:     1856
    • Dominion:                             1907
    • The statute of Westminster  1947

Museums in New Zealand –  Map

How to Pronounce Māori Words for Travelers

Virtual Tour of the Museums in New Zealand

Museums in Auckland

Museums in Wellington

Museums in Christchurch

Maori Kapa Haka

Famous New Zealanders

  • Ernest Rutherford – a New Zealand–born British physicist who came to be known as the father of nuclear physics
  • Sir Peter Jackson – a New Zealand film director, producer, and screenwriter, best known as the director, writer, and producer of the Lord of the Rings trilogy and the Hobbit trilogy
  • Sir Edmund Hillary – a New Zealand mountaineer, explorer, and philanthropist, Hillary, and Tenzing Norgay became the first climbers confirmed to have reached the summit of Mount Everest
  • Dame Kiri Te Kanawa – a New Zealand former opera singer, she had a full lyric soprano voice
  • Lorde – Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O’Connor, known professionally as Lorde, is a New Zealand singer and songwriter
  • Jacinda Ardern – a New Zealand politician and the 40th prime minister of New Zealand 
  • Flight of the Conchords – a New Zealand comedy duo composed of musicians Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement

NEW ZEALAND SLANG

A Tour of Proverbs and Quotes

NEW ZEALAND PHRASES

The Worlds Greatest Proverbs – Ancient Wisdom

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“As man disappears from sight, the land remains.”
– Maori Proverb

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Photo Credit: Gottfried Lindauer / Public domain; Andrew Turner from Ann Arbor, MI, United States / CC BY (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0); Governor General of New Zealand / CC BY (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0)

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