Te Kupu o Te Wiki – Ātaahua (beautiful)

Kia ora. To encourage the use of Te Reo Māori we are publishing weekly kupu (words) and phrases that can be used with children.


Ki te kahore he whakakitenga ka ngaro te iwi.
Without foresight or vision the people will be lost.

Said by Kingi Tawhiao Potatau te Wherowhero, to show the urgency of unification and strong Māori leadership.

Kīwaha (idiom)

Wehi nā
Oh my goodness

Kupu (word)


Tō ātaahua hoki! 
You’re so beautiful!

Whāngahia te Reo


3 thoughts on “Te Kupu o Te Wiki – Ātaahua (beautiful)

  1. Juliet 3 August 2015 / 11:43 am

    I’m enjoying this series a lot, and am keeping all the posts to refer back to. I notice that you have ātaahua with a macron over the first a, and then a double aa. Does this mean that both are pronounced as a long vowel?

    • Mo-mo 3 August 2015 / 12:09 pm

      Thanks! Glad you’re enjoying the posts.
      I believe ātaahua as a word combines “āta” and “āhua” hence the double a in the spelling. Listening to the Te Taura Whiri i Te Reo Māori audio (click on the link to listen) it does sound like a long ā in the middle.

      • Juliet 3 August 2015 / 4:24 pm

        Thanks Mo-Mo. Usually macrons and double vowels are not mixed in the same word, so that’s why I got confused. The link is very helpful (I missed this the first time). It sounds like a short ‘a’ at the beginning, but definitely a long ‘a’ in the middle.

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