What does the maori phrase "kia kaha, kia toa, kia manawanui" mean?

The Maori phrase "kia kaha, kia toa, kia manawanui" means “be strong, brave and steadfast”.

Every sentence in Maori is comprised of one or more phrases. It is the unit of Maori speech which must be emphasised in learning.

Each phrase is said as a single intonation contour, the voice rising to a point of intensity which is called the "phrase stress". The position of the phrase stress will differ from phrase to phrase, and it may change position in the same phrase according to that phrases position in the sentence.

The New Zealand Maori language is a Malayo-Polynesian language, a family of languages commonly divided into four sub-families, namely, Indonesian, Melanesian, Micronesian, and Polynesian.

In latest Maori news, Prime Minister John Key, whose speech was drowned out by the throngs outside singing Te Tiriti o Waitangi Whare, has told the gathering that Maori are better off under a national government. Find out more here.

Updated on Monday, February 10 2014 at 09:56AM GMT