How to Pronounce Maori Place Names

How to Pronounce Maori Place Names

Evgenia is looking very pleased with herself having managed to get the largest pile of postcards. No amount of strategic manoeuvres from others could change things, and she ended up the winner!

Evgenia protects her large stash of postcards in our inaugural game of ‘Aotearoa Road Trip’. No amount of strategic manoeuvres from the rest of us could change things, and she ended up winning!

Māori Language Week 2013 may not be until the first week of July, but for the team at Buratino Productions it started about two months ago with the plan to develop a new game inspired by this year’s Māori Language Week theme: Ngā Ingoa Māori – Māori names.

We officially launched our newest product: He Papa-Whakataetae mō Ngā Wāhi Māori or Aotearoa Road Trip on Saturday by getting together and playing the game ourselves.

It was the culmination of hundreds of hours of design, development and production time, with lots of fun, laughter and language! I think it may be the only time that “Aotearoa Road Trip” will be played using English, Russian and Te Reo Māori!

Aotearoa Road Trip”  provides a fun way for New Zealanders of all ages to recognise, pronounce and use Maori place names. As our language and cultural advisor, Bill Karaitana pointed out, it is also about helping educators and students understand and develop their ‘sense of place’.

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I hanga i Ōtautahi, Aotearoa

We are enormously grateful for the invaluable assistance Bill has provided. Without his support we would not have been able to produce such a quality resource.

In addition, we are grateful to:

  • Dallas Waru, Ngati Porou; Emma Royal and Pauline Waru for providing their time and voices for the sound recordings.
  • Arnie van Bussel of Nightshift Studios
  • Arina and Anya Riley-Biddle for their ongoing production assistance.

The game features iconic images from 20 key towns and cities throughout New Zealand, and for this we acknowledge the following regions for supplying beautiful images for use in the game.

I hanga i Otautahi, Aotearoa
Proudly made in Christchurch, New Zealand


Useful links:

>> Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori, Maori Language Week: Facebook page

>> Korero Māori: Māori Lanaguage Week

>> The History of Māori Language Week

>> Māori Language Week Calendar of Events at Christchurch Libraries




On May 20th, 2013, posted in: Maori Language Week by

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