1. wāhi


  2. wāhi tapu

    Place sacred to Māori in a traditional, spiritual, religious, ritual or mythological sense (section 6, Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Act 2014).

  3. wai


  4. waiata

    Song/ to sing

  5. waiora


  6. wairua

    Life principle, spirit.

  7. wairuatanga

    The principle of acknowledging and understanding the existence of mauri and spiritual dimension to life and to the world that requires regular attention and nourishment.

  8. waka ama

    Outrigger Canoes

  9. walkable

    An area able to be traversed on foot, with multiple routes located on natural desire lines that feels safe and comfortable. It is likely to have a range of uses and activites in the area.

  10. wānanga

    Used to describe a space or forum for immersive learning, a meeting of people conceptualized as wānanga, is an event based on Māori values and tikanga.

  11. wetlands

    Permanent or intermittently wet areas, shallow water or land-water margins. They include swamps, bogs, estuaries, braided rivers, and lake margins.

  12. whaikōrero

    The art of oratory

  13. whāinga

    Pursuit, goal, objective

  14. whakairo


  15. whakapapa

    Within the Te Aranga principles is used to reflect the need for Māori names to be celebrated​. It is also a term for genealogy used to describe a relational knowledge matrix.

  16. whakauwhi

    To entertain, show hospitality to, host.

  17. whakawhanaungatanga

    Activation and acknowledgement of a relationship though shared experiences and working together which provides people with a sense of belonging.

  18. whānau


  19. whanaungatanga


  20. whare

    House, building

  21. whare karakia


  22. whare taonga

    Treasure House

  23. whare wānanga

    Traditional Māori schools of learning.

  24. wharekai

    Dining hall

  25. wharenui

    Meeting house

  26. whata

    Elevated platform for storing food

  27. whenua