Grammar of the New Zealand Language
I is pronounced like the French i; as ee in sleep, green, &c.; when distinctly and fully pronounced it imparts much melodiousness to the sentence; e.g. ariki, kīki, to chatter, &c.
In the following it has a shorter sound: kĭki, crowded; mĭti, tĭti, &c.
N. B —The speaker should be careful not to confound i with the Maori e; as in such words as wakatoi, hoi, &c.