The Greenstone Door
The stress is on the first syllable.
A is pronounced Ah, as Pah (Pa).
Terminal i equals terminal y, as Hahng-y (Hangi). In other places i has either the sound of ee, as Pee-Cow (Pikau), or i in thick, as Tick-y (Tiki).
O as in English.
U as in goose, Oom-oo (Umu).
E as in merry, terminal e as eh; Mer-reh, nearly same sound as merry (Mere).
Ng is sounded as in song and singer.
Every vowel is sounded, but this is not always evident at a casual hearing. Compare Mah-o-ry, Maury (Maori)Kah-y, Kye (Kai).page break