First Lessons in Maori
1. Why did your canoe sail to Motiti yesterday? 2. Why did the ancestors of the Maori people migrate hither from Hawaiki? 3. It was because of quarrels that they migrated hither. 4. Why did you not come to our village on Sunday? 5. It was on Tuesday that we started from Taupo, and we slept at Rangitaiki. 6. The next morning we came on and slept at Tarawera. 7. Why (what is the reason why) did Ripi, Tuau, and others stay at Tarawera? 8. They left the net and the lines and the fishhooks in the canoe. 9. Tara went and forded the river and ran into the forest.
1. He aha a Titore i tono ai i a Horo ki Omaha? 2. He aha te take i mahue ai a Tuau ki Taupo? 3. I wera i te ahi nga whare me nga waka. 4. He aha i roa ai a Paerau raua ko Kupe te haere mai i Wairoa? 5. Na te waipuke i kore ai raua e haere mai. 6. I te haerenga o Reko raua ko Kupe ki Wahi ka peka raua ki Papakura, ki Tuakau, ki Rangiriri, a i te toru o nga ra ka tae raua ki Wahi. 7. Na Ripi matou i tae wawe mai ai. 8. I haere mai ia hei kaiarahi mo matou, kihai hoki i whakarere i a matou a tae noa mai matou ki konei.