MA¯ORI WORD OF THE WEEK
The Taupo¯ & Tu¯rangi Weekender supports Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Ma¯ori, the Ma¯ori Language Commission’s campaign to increase New Zealanders’ te reo Ma¯ori vocabulary by running a different Ma¯ori word to learn each week.
This week’s word: whai (wha¯ia) - to follow, to chase, to pursue E whai ana nga¯ tamariki i te po¯ro.
The children are chasing the ball.
- this is an example of an active sentence
Kei te wha¯ia te po¯ro e nga¯ tamariki.
The ball is being chased by the children.
- this is an example of a passive sentence Wha¯ia te ma¯tauranga! Pursue education!
- this is an example of a command in simple passive form