Ngā Rorohiko (electric brains) and more Te Reo Māori in the library

Kia ora. Here are some resources to help you find what library things are called in Māori.

Te reo Maori cards

Bicultural signage at Christchurch City Libraries Ngā Kete Wānanga O-Ōtautahi has the library-related word or phrase in English, with an MP3 sample of it in te reo Māori, and a more descriptive explanation of the meaning.

For example:

Computers Descriptive: Electric brains Ngā Rorohiko Ngā Ro-ro-hi-ko
Self Issue Descriptive: It is for you to despatch Māu e Tuku Mā-u e Tu-ku

For more library words in te reo, try Bilingual signs list from He Puna: a Maori language resource for librarians compiled by Hinureina Mangan & Chris Szekely. This useful resource compiles words, subjects, and terms from libraries all around Aotearoa – from Abstracts “kupu arahi” to the Young Adult section “te wāhanga ki te hunga taiohi“.

I can see the following coming in handy:

  • take aronui – hot topics
  • pukapuka hou – new books

All our libraries have names in Te Reo Māori, and you can borrow your books on the Māu e Tuku in Te Reo Māori.

Te Reo Māori self checkout

Go to our Te Wiki O Te Reo Māori post for more information on Māori Language Week.

Pae pāpāho pāpori – Social media & technology in te reo Māori

I love the Māori Dictionary. Here’s some social media and technology words in te reo Māori. Use them in Te wiki o te reo Māori, and all year round:Whāngaihia-te-Reo-logo

Thanks to Jaye Riki – @jayeriki on Pae Tīhau –  I know now the Māori word for selfie – ahau-i.

Here’s a great – and appropriate – sentence (with the 2015 tohumarau – hashtag):

E hiahia ana Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori kia muia ngā pae pāpāho pāpori e te tīhau, me te karere reo Māori mō Te Wiki o te Reo Māori mā te whakamahi i te tohumarau #WikiReoMāori
The Māori Language Commission wishes social media to be swamped with Māori language tweets and messages for Māori Language Week using the hashtag #WikiReoMāori