Understanding te reo you hear on the telly

10:47 am on 7 July 2016

Ko te Rāpare tēnei rā. It's Thursday and still Māori Language Week. RNZ's Māori Issues correspondent Mihingarangi Forbes is answering listeners' te reo Māori questions on Morning Report each day this week.

Today she explained some phrases you may hear on TV, or pouaka whakaata.

Words you hear in the news or around the Wharepī (Beehive)

Kaitiakitanga - guardianship or trusteeship.

You may hear this term in association with conservation or in regards to the protection or guardianship of land or the sea.

Kāwanatanga - government, authority or rule.

A political party which wins an election becomes the Kāwanatanga.

Manaakitanga - hospitality, kindness or support.

You could say that Te Puea marae in Mangere is a good example of what manaakitanga means.

Pūrongo - report or an article.

This can be a news report or a document.

Kawenata - agreement or contract.

You're employment contract is your kawenata between you and your place of employment.

Learning where someone is from

Where are you from? Nō whea koe?

A mihimihi is an introduction explaining where you're from and who you are. The following is RNZ Auckland Correspondent Todd Niall's mihimihi.

Todd Niall and Wallace Chapman

RNZ Auckland Correspondent Todd Niall Photo: Wallace Chapman

Tēna koutou katoa - Greetings, hello to you all.

To the Tai Hauāuru is our coastline at Muriwai - To the west is our coastline Muriwai.

To the north, Ko Kaipara te Moana. To the north is Kaipara Harbour.

The ranges of Waitākere stand to the West.

Ko Kumeu te kāinga - I live in Kumeu.

I live in the rohe of Ngāti Whātua ki Kaipara - I live within the territory of the Ngāti Whātua people.

Ko Todd Niall tōku ingoa - My name is Todd Niall.

Hiruharama Marae

Hiruharama Marae Photo: Hiruharama Marae

Reo from the marae

Karanga - the call, the call out.

Karakia - prayer, to recite chants.

Manuwhiri - visitors.

Whaikōrero - to make a formal speech.

Waiata - song.

Get the RNZ app

for ad-free news and current affairs