Te reo Māori terms and translations

Te Mātanga Reo, the University Māori Language Advisory Committee has developed a kuputaka, a glossary of Māori terms for use at the University.

Background

The University of Auckland aims to be a place where te reo Māori can flourish, where the language is used by everybody, everywhere, every day.  The commitments of the University towards achieving this aim are outlined in the University Language Plan for the Revitalisation of te Reo Māori:  Te taonga nō tua whakarere, he taonga mo āpōpō:  A treasure from ancient times, and for tomorrow. The provision of a kuputaka glossary of Māori terms for use at the University is one of our commitments.   

Description

The University of Auckland Kuputaka glossary of Māori terms is the authorised collection of written and spoken te reo Māori text, for a selection of academic and common usage terms, for use at the University. The Office of the PVC Māori is responsible for the kuputaka. Te Mātanga Reo, the University Māori Language Advisory Committee is accountable for the quality of the text, taking into account the dialectical nuances of relevance to the University of Auckland located in Tāmaki Makaurau, Te Tai Tokerau and Waikato.

Content

The Kuputaka currently includes text relating to:

  • Campus, service and faculty names
  • University roles and job titles
  • University website terms
  • Signage
  • University marketing and events
  • Student-related terms
  • Document headings and sub-headings
  • Greetings and signoffs
  • Days, months and University calendar

The Kuputaka is not a complete document, intentions are that it will develop over time as new text is added and necessary revisions are made. Other written and spoken te reo Māori text used at the University can be found in Te Kūaha.

Te Kūaha is the University of Auckland app created to support staff, students and alumni to learn, practice and use basic te reo and tikanga Māori. 

Requests for new translations or advice on naming

Te Mātanga Reo, the University Māori Language Advisory Committee is authorised with advising the University on the appropriate use of te reo Māori within the University to ensure a consistent standard is adopted. Te Mātanga Reo will approve any new translations and provide advice for naming buildings and departments. The committee is administered by the Office of the PVC (Māori).

Comments or questions

For questions or comments on current content or requests for new translations and naming please email the Office of the PVC Māori:

Mrs Cathrine Taylor
Executive Assistant to the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Māori)
ClockTower – Room 105-224
Email: cathrine.taylor@auckland.ac.nz