Auē a Tau Kē Tēnei Wiki

Ta Moko

The ta moko (face tattoo) has no relevance in the context of this post, though it does to the person wearing it. It just happens to be a Māori design on a Māori face next to a saying I like, because I like having pictures accompanying my posts.

Worries and Winners of the Week (again!).

You may remember I wanted to name this segment of my website in Māori in recognition that I’m a proud New Zealander. I came up with some words a few weeks ago, but wanted to check that I’d got it right before I used them. So I e-mailed a cousin who speaks Māori fluently and often, including for his job.

A couple of weeks ago we finally caught up in the midst of his globe-trotting. It turns out I could have used the words I was going to, but he came up with some better ones that rhyme, so I’m going with those instead.

Auē a Tau Kē Tēnei Wiki

Auē: (oh-air) alas, for goodness sake, oh dear. It’s often accompanied by a rolling of the eyes, or a good old face palm.

a: (ah) and

Tau Kē: (toe care) Very cool.

Tēnei Wiki(tair-neigh we-key) This Week.

So from now on, we’ll have:

Auē Tēnei Wiki and Tau Kē Tēnei Wiki, collectively known as Auē a Tau Kē.

Kia Ora (thank you) Richard for your help with this. I appreciate it very much.

If you’d like to know more about Māori pronunciation, check out Mā


Note: I’ll leave the category “Winners and Worries” in the category list so you don’t have to remember how to spell the Māori words.

4 Responses to “Auē a Tau Kē Tēnei Wiki”

  1. Night-Gaunt49 says:

    Thank you for the information. I shall copy paste it in my MS Australia document. (Has New Zealand and Tasmania in it too.)

    I believe that one of the male actors in “Fear The Living Dead” may be a real Māori .

    • Diana MacPherson says:

      Yes the actor in Fear The Walking Dead is Cliff Curtis a Maori whose American dialect is getting better. I have a bit of a crush on Cliff. He was also in Once Were Warrors and Whale Rider.

      • Night-Gaunt49 says:

        Yes I got the title wrong. “Fear the Walking Dead”. My bad. Must have had Romero on my mind….

        • There’s a new US TV series with Cliff Curtis in a lead role too. Can’t remember the name off-hand. He’s Temuera Morrison’s nephew (Bobba Fett). Both have a pretty extensive list of credits. There are several other Maori actors on US TV, usually playing Hispanic/Latino roles. I recognize them when they appear, but I’m a shocker at names at the best of times.

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