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Jan 6, 2020

Country names in te reo Māori

The list of the Māori translations of the names of countries and territories.

Te reo Māori did not traditionally have a name for each modern world country. The majority of country names have been borrowed from English, with only a few exceptions such as Wīwī (from French oui "yes").

The interactive Te Reo Maps world map features all country names in Māori and is a valuable resource for learners, speakers, and readers of te reo. Additionally, the full list of country names used by Te Reo Maps is provided below.

Māori names of countries and territories

The following table lists the Māori names of 249 countries, territories, and areas of geographical interest. The names are listed in alphabetical order by the country's English name.

EnglishMāori
AfghanistanĀwhekenetāna
Åland IslandsNgā Motu Åland
AlbaniaArapeinia
AlgeriaAratiria
American SamoaHāmoa Amerikana
AndorraAndorra
AngolaAnakora
AnguillaĀnakuira
AntarcticaWhenua-a-Tio
Antigua and BarbudaMoutere Nehe me Papura
ArgentinaĀketina
ArmeniaĀmenia
ArubaArupa
AustraliaAhitereiria
AustriaAteria
AzerbaijanAtepaihānia
BahamasPāhama
BahrainPāreina
BangladeshPākaratēhi
BarbadosPāpatohe
BelarusPērara
BelgiumPehiamu
BelizePērihi
BeninPēnina
BermudaPāmura
BhutanPutāna
BoliviaPoriwia
Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaPonē, Hato Utatahe me Hapa
Bosnia and HerzegovinaPōngia-Herekōmina
BotswanaPoriwana
Bouvet IslandMotu Puwei
BrazilParīhi
British Indian Ocean TerritoryRohe Peretania o te Moana Iniani
British Virgin IslandsNgā Motu Puhi o Piritene
BruneiPoronai
BulgariaPurukāria
Burkina FasoPekina Whaho
BurundiPuruniti
CambodiaKamapōtia
CameroonKamarūna
CanadaKānata
Cape VerdeTe Kūrae Matomato
Cayman IslandsNgā Moutere Keimana
Central African RepublicTe Puku o Āwherika
ChadKāta
ChileHiri
ChinaHaina
Christmas IslandMotu Kirhimete
Cocos (Keeling) IslandsNgā Motu o Koko
ColombiaKoromōpia
ComorosKomorohi
Cook IslandsKūku Airani
Costa RicaKoto Rika
Côte d'IvoireTe Tai Rei
CroatiaKoroātia
CubaKiupa
CuraçaoKurahao
CyprusHaipara
CzechiaTe Whenua Tīeke
Democratic Republic of the CongoTe Whenua o Kōngo
DenmarkTenemāka
DjiboutiTipūti
DominicaTominika
Dominican RepublicTe Whenua Tominika
EcuadorEkuatoa
EgyptĪhipa
El SalvadorTe Whakaora
Equatorial GuineaKini Ekuatoria
EritreaEritēria
EstoniaEtonia
EswatiniWarerangi
EthiopiaEtiopia
Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)Ngā Motu o Whokarangi
Faroe IslandsNgā Motu o Wharo
Federated States of MicronesiaMaikoronihia
FijiWhītī
FinlandWhinarana
FranceWīwī
French GuianaKiana o Wiwi
French PolynesiaPorinihia Wīwī
French Southern TerritoriesNgā Rohe o Wīwī o te Tonga
GabonKāpona
GambiaKamopia
GeorgiaHōria
GermanyTiamani
GhanaKāna
GibraltarKāmaka
GreeceKirihi
GreenlandKirīnirangi
GrenadaKerenāra
GuadeloupeKuarerupe
GuamKuamu
GuatemalaKuatamāra
GuernseyKōnihi
GuineaKini
Guinea-BissauKini Pihō
GuyanaKaiana
HaitiHaiti
Heard Island and McDonald IslandsMotu o Hētame Ngā Motu o Makitānara
HondurasHonotura
Hong KongHongipua
HungaryHanekari
IcelandTiorangi
IndiaĪnia
IndonesiaInitonīhia
IranIrāna
IraqIrāki
IrelandAirangi
Isle of ManMotu o Tāne
IsraelIharaira
ItalyItari
JamaicaHamaika
JapanHapani
JerseyHēhi
JordanHōrano
KazakhstanKatatānga
KenyaKēnia
KiribatiKiripati
KuwaitKūweiti
KyrgyzstanKehitāna
LaosRāoho
LatviaRāwhia
LebanonRepanona
LesothoTeroto
LiberiaRaipiri
LibyaRīpia
LiechtensteinRīkeneteina
LithuaniaRituānia
LuxembourgRakapuō
MacaoMakao
MadagascarMarakāhia
MalawiMarāwi
MalaysiaMarēhia
MaldivesMaratīwi
MaliMāri
MaltaMārata
Marshall IslandsNgā Moutere Māhara
MartiniqueMātiniki
MauritaniaMauritānia
MauritiusMarihi
MayotteMaiote
MexicoMēhiko
MoldovaTe Whenua o Morotawa
MonacoManako
MongoliaMongōria
MontenegroMonotenīkoro
MontserratManetera
MoroccoMarako
MozambiqueMohapiki
Myanmar (Burma)Pēma
NamibiaNamīpia
NauruNauru
NepalNepōra
NetherlandsHōrana
New CaledoniaKanaki
New ZealandAotearoa
NicaraguaNikarāhua
NigerNgāika
NigeriaNgāitiria
NiueNiue
Norfolk IslandTe Moutere Nōpoke
North KoreaKōrea-ki-te-raki
North MacedoniaMakerōnia
Northern Mariana IslandsNgā Motu Mariana
NorwayNōwei
OmanOmāna
PakistanPakitāne
PalauPārau
PalestineParihitiniPlay
PanamaPanama
Papua New GuineaPapua Nūkini
ParaguayParakai
PeruPerū
PhilippinesPiripīni
PitcairnNgā Motu o Pitikēne
PolandPōrana
PortugalPotukara
Puerto RicoPeta Riko
QatarKatā
Republic of the CongoKongo
RéunionReuniona
RomaniaRomeinia
RussiaRuhia
RwandaRāwana
Saint BarthélemyHato Pāteremi
Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaHato Hērena, Aheniona me Tirihitana tā Kūna
Saint Kitts and NevisHato Kere me Newihi
Saint LuciaHato Rūiha
Saint MartinHato Matene
Saint Pierre and MiquelonHato Pētera me Mikarona
Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesHato Wēneti me Ngā Kerenarīna
SamoaHāmoa
San MarinoHato Marino
São Tomé and PríncipeHao Tome me Pirihipe
Saudi ArabiaHauti Arāpia
SenegalHenekara
SerbiaSerbia
SeychellesHeikere
Sierra LeoneTe Araone
SingaporeHingapoa
Sint MaartenHato Mātene Hōrana
SlovakiaHorowākia
SloveniaHorowinia
Solomon IslandsNgā Motu Horomona
SomaliaHūmārie
South AfricaAwherika ki te Tonga
South Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsHōria ki te Tonga me Ngā Motu Hanawiti
South KoreaKōrea-ki-te-tonga
South SudanHūtāne ki te Tonga
SpainPeina
Sri LankaHīraka
SudanHūtāne
SurinameHurināme
Svalbard and Jan MayenHirapāri me Hana Māia
SwedenHuītene
SwitzerlandHuiterangi
SyriaHiria
TaiwanTaiwana
TajikistanTahikitāna
TanzaniaTānahia
ThailandTairana
Timor-LesteTimorete
TogoToko
TokelauTokerau
TongaTonga
Trinidad and TobagoTirinaki-Tōpako
TunisiaTūnihia
TurkeyTākei
TurkmenistanTukumanatānga
Turks and Caicos IslandsNgā Motu Koru-Kākoa
TuvaluTūwaru
UgandaUkānga
UkraineŪkareinga
United Arab EmiratesTe Kotahitanga o ngā Whenua Ārapi
United KingdomKīngitanga Kotahi
United StatesAmerika
United States Minor Outlying IslandsNgā Motu Ririki o Waho o Te Hononga o Amerika
United States Virgin IslandsNgā Motu Puhi o te Hononga o Amerika
UruguayUrukoi
UzbekistanUhipeketane
VanuatuWhenuātū
Vatican CityPoho o Pita
VenezuelaWenehūera
VietnamWitināma
Wallis and FutunaMotu Wārihi Whutuna
Western SaharaHahāra ki te Uru
YemenĪemene
ZambiaTāmipia
ZimbabweTimuwawe

Citing this page

Eckher. (2020). Country names in te reo Māori. Retrieved from https://www.eckher.com/c/21fyzt8yhp

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See also
Names of months in Māori
The list of the names of months in Māori.
Days of the week in Māori
The list of the names of days of the week in Māori.
Meaning of whaka in Māori place names
What does whaka mean in Māori place names?
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