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Numbers in Māori (Ngā tau)

How to count in Māori (Te Reo Māori), a Polynesian language spoken in New Zealand and the Cook Islands.

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Numeral Cardinal numbers Ordinal numbers
0 kore  
1 tahi, kotahi tuatahi
2 rua tuarua
3 toru tuatoru
4 whā tuawhā
5 rima tuarima
6 ono tuaono
7 whitu tuawhitu
8 waru tuawaru
9 iwa tuaiwa
10 tekau, ngahuru te tekau
11 tekau mā tahi te tekau mā tahi
12 tekau mā rua te tekau mā rua
13 tekau mā toru te tekau mā toru
14 tekau mā whā te tekau mā whā
15 tekau mā rima te tekau mā rima
16 tekau mā ono te tekau mā ono
17 tekau mā whitu te tekau mā whitu
18 tekau mā waru te tekau mā waru
19 tekau mā iwa te tekau mā iwa
20 rua tekau te rua tekau
21 rua tekau mā tahi te rua tekau mā tahi
22 rua tekau mā rua te rua tekau mā rua
23 rua tekau mā toru te rua tekau mā toru
24 rua tekau mā whā te rua tekau mā whā
25 rua tekau mā rima te rua tekau mā rima
26 rua tekau mā ono te rua tekau mā ono
27 rua tekau mā whitu te rua tekau mā whitu
28 rua tekau mā waru te rua tekau mā waru
29 rua tekau mā iwa te rua tekau mā iwa
30 toru tekau te toru tekau
32 toru tekau mā rua te toru tekau mā rua
40 whā tekau te whā tekau
43 whā tekau mā toru te whā tekau mā toru
50 rima tekau te rima tekau
54 rima tekau mā whā te rima tekau mā whā
60 ono tekau te ono tekau
65 ono tekau mā rima te ono tekau mā rima
70 whitu tekau te whitu tekau
76 whitu tekau mā ono te whitu tekau mā ono
80 waru tekau te waru tekau
87 waru tekau mā whitu te waru tekau mā whitu
90 iwa tekau te iwa tekau
98 iwa tekau mā waru te iwa tekau mā waru
100 (kotahi) rau te kotahi rau
101 kotahi rau mā tahi te kotahi rau mā tahi
123 kotahi rau e rua tekau mā toru te kotahi rau e rua tekau mā toru
200 rua rau te rua rau
300 toru rau te toru rau
400 whā rau te whā rau
425 whā rau e rua tekau mā rima te whā rau e rua tekau mā rima
500 rima rau te rima rau
600 ono rau te ono rau
700 whitu rau te whitu rau
800 waru rau te waru rau
900 iwa rau te iwa rau
1,000 (kotahi) mano te kotahi mano
1,001 kotahi mano mā tahi te kotahi mano mā tahi
1,021 kotahi mano e rua tekau mā tahi te kotahi mano e rua tekau mā tahi
1,120 kotahi mano e kotahi rau e rua tekau te kotahi mano e kotahi rau e rua tekau
1,231 kotahi mano e rua rau e toru tekau mā tahi te kotahi mano e rua rau e toru tekau mā tahi
1,342 kotahi mano e toru rau e whā tekau mā rua te kotahi mano e toru rau e whā tekau mā rua
1,982 kotahi mano e iwa rau e waru tekau mā rua te kotahi mano e iwa rau e waru tekau mā rua
2,000 rua mano te rua mano
2,017 rua mano e tekau mā whitu te rua mano e tekau mā whitu
2,384 e rua mano e toru rau e waru tekau mā whā te rua mano e toru rau e waru tekau mā whā
2,453 e rua mano e whā rau e rima tekau mā toru te rua mano e whā rau e rima tekau mā toru
3,000 toru mano te toru mano
3,564 toru mano e rima rau e ono tekau mā whā te toru mano e rima rau e ono tekau mā whā
4,000 whā mano te whā mano
5,000 rima mano te rima mano
6,000 ono mano te ono mano
7,000 whitu mano te whitu mano
8,000 waru mano te waru mano
9,000 iwa mano te iwa mano
9,183 e iwa mano a kotahi rau e waru tekau mā toru te iwa mano a kotahi rau e waru tekau mā toru
10,000 tekau mano te tekau mano
100,000 kotahi rau mano te kotahi rau mano
1,000,000 kotahi miriona te kotahi miriona
20,000,000 rua tekau miriona te rua tekau miriona
3,000,000,000 toru piriona te toru piriona

Notes

In counting use ka before the numerals, thus: ka tahi (one), ka rua (two) etc.

Sources

  1. W.L. and H.W. Williams: First Lessons in Maori. Christchurch 1862/1960.
  2. Alan Armstrong: Say it in Maori. Maori Phrase Book. Wellington – 1968.
  3. Bruce Briggs: English-Maori/Maori-English Dictionary. Auckland University Press. Auckland – 1990.

Information compiled by Wolfgang Kuhl

Links

Information about Māori numbers
http://www.maori.cl/learn/numbers.htm
http://www.maorilanguage.net/maori-words-phrases/numbers-nga-tau/

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