Te Reo Māori Glossary

It's Māori Language Week (14-20 Mahuru/September) and the perfect occasion to get some food festival vocab under your belt before ordering some namunamuā (delicious) kai for Visa Wellington On a Plate this coming October!


Festival words

Festival Events
 Ngā Taiopenga
Burger Wellington
 Pēka ki Pōneke
Dine Wellington
 Kai ki Pōneke
Cocktail Wellington
 Ranupiro ki Pōneke


Food glossary

Aioli
 Wairanu kāriki


Barbeque
 Rorerore (verb and noun)
Beer
 Pia
Burger
 Pēka


Café
 Wharekai
Canapé  
 Parāoa kumamatanga
Ceviche
 Ika mata
Celeriac
 Aka herewī
Chef
 Ringawera
Cocktail
 Ranupiro


Degustation
 He taka kai mōkarakara
Dessert
 Purini
Donuts
 Tōnati


Free range
 (Hēki) taka noa
Fries
 Kotakota rīwai


Green lip mussels
 Kuku


Homebaked
 Tunua i te kāinga
Homegrown
 Tipuria i te kāinga
Homemade
 Mahinga i te kainga
Housemade
 Mahinga i te whare
Houseground
 Penupenu i te whare
Housegrown
 Tipuria i te whare
Housesmoked
 Wāmu ā-whare


Mac ‘n’ cheese
 Tīkohu parāoa me te tīhi
Menu
 Te hora o te kai


Tea or coffee
 Te tī me te kāwhe (tea and coffee) / He tī he kāwhe (tea or coffee)


Vegetable
 Huawhenua


Watercress
 Wātakirihi
Wine
 Waina (red wine – waina whero | white wine – waina mā)