Word of the Week for Māori Language Week -Te Kupu o te Wiki o te Reo Māori: amiorangi

Date
Jul
29
20150729

Word of the Week for Māori Language Week -Te Kupu o te Wiki o te Reo Māori: amiorangi

The word amiorangi is a newly coined Māori word for an artificial or a celestial satellite. It is formed by combining the components ‘amio’ – to orbit – and ‘Rangi’ – the sky. To make a distinction between an artificial satellite and a natural one, the terms amiorangi hori  (= man-made satellite) and amiorangi māori  (= natural satellite) can be used. 

The monolingual Māori dictionary ‘He Pātaka Kupu’ defines amiorangi as follows: He hanga e iri mai ana i te rangi ka amio i tētahi atu hanga rahi ake. (= A celestial object that orbits another larger object.)

An earlier Māori term for an artificial satellite was ‘waka tawhio’ (= an orbiting craft).

Try out your knowledge of Māori using our Kupu o te Wiki in the sentence below and send us your answer.

Can you translate this question: He aha e amio haere tonu ai tētahi amiorangi, kāore e rere noa atu ki tuarangi?

And if that’s too easy for you, send us your answer in Māori to the above question.

This week Aotearoa-New Zealand marks Te Wiki o te Reo Māori – Māori Language Week 2015.

27 o Hōngongoi – 2 o Hereturikōkā (27 July – 2 August)