The Māori came to New Zealand in the 1300s and flourished there for centuries before anybody else even knew the country existed. In the early 1800s Europeans started arriving. The Treaty of Waitangi was signed in 1840 between the colonial British and the Māori, and the rest is history.
In my studies I’ve been looking at Māori history and culture and as part of an effort to learn some Māori language- I found this: https://kupu.maori.nz/ These guys will send you a word a day with an MP3 of the word by itself and in a sentence. Yesterday was ‘hoa’ – friend. Nice word!
If you plan on visiting New Zealand one day – how wonderful to be able to speak and understand a few Māori words!
Kia Kaha, Kia Maia, Kia Manawanui!
Which means: be strong, be steadfast, be willing (and yes, I had to look it up…)
Hoping people join me and give this a go. It’s a powerful, beautiful language.