English is the dominant language spoken by most New Zealanders. But Māori is very common too.
Māori was the original language before the Pākehā came to New Zealand. It is used these days but not fluently
Pronunciation is key.
a,e,i,o,u and ā,ē,ī,ō,ū
Sometimes there can be a macron over top of a vowel, meaning you say the vowel long
Example: Matua= father and Mātua= parents
Mātua, you say the ‘a’ long so maatua instead of matua
E te Ariki
Whakapaingia enei kai
Hei oranga mo o matou tinana,
Whangaia hoki o matou wairua
Ki te taro o te ora,
Ma ihu karaiti hoki
To matou Ariki
Ko te aroha anō he wai. E pupū ake ana. He awa e māpuna mai ana. I roto i te whatū-manawa.
Ko tona matapuna he hōhonu. Ā ina ia ka rere anō. He tai timu. He tai pari. He tai ope. He tai ora. He tai nui.
Love is like water, continually bubbling up, a river that will keep flowing,
from within the very seat of the emotions.
From a very deep source, it will keep on rising,
an ebb tide,
an incoming tide,
a forceful tide,