What’s this site about?

The point of this particular blog is to put out short, regular posts in te reo Māori (the Māori language). I’m a New Zealand European, with ancestors from England and Germany; I was born in Napier, grew up in Rotorua, and live in Dunedin now. My name’s John Birnie.

A word of caution – the name ‘Āhuamōhio’ means ‘reasonably knowledgeable’ – I’m certainly not a fluent speaker, and readers should feel free to correct errors they find in my posts.

I also have a separate domain at https://kiamarama.org/ which is mainly written in English, and where I post simplified summaries of Māori language broadcasts. 

Tēnā koe! Ko te whakaaro o te rangitaki nei, kia puta mai ai … he kōrero poto, riterite tonu, i te reo Māori. Nō reira, ko wai au? Ko Ngāti Pākehā te iwi, nō Ingarangi, no Tiamani ōku tūpuna; i whānau mai au i Ahuriri, i tipu ake au i Rotorua, otirā, kei Ōtepoti tōku kāinga inaianei. Ko John tōku ingoa.

Otirā, ko te kaupapa – he kōrero poto ēnei, kia ngāwari ai te riterite tonu! Me reo Māori, kia rere ai te reo. Me mōhio hoki koe, e te kaipānui, ko “Āhuamōhio” taku ingoa i tēnei wāhi ipurangi, i WordPress – i te reo Pākehā, ‘reasonably knowledgeable, knows a fair amount’ – engari, ehara tēnei i te mea tino matatau! Mena kua hē te whakatakoto o tētahi kōrero, whakatika mai…

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