Out now, Oratia’s newest book He Iti te Kupu: Māori Metaphors and Similes, by Massey University scholar Hona Black, will be a valuable reference for writing and speaking te reo Māori.

In the book Hona Black brings together nearly 500 figures of speech into a ready resource for speakers and students of te reo — and anyone who wishes to deepen their language use in New Zealand.

Hona wrote this, his first book, in te reo. That text is printed on the left-hand pages of the book, with his translation into English on the facing right-hand pages.


That lets all readers access the use, meaning and context of the main metaphors and similes in Māori. 

The contents are arranged in chapters such as Ngā manu o uta, o tai – Birds of the land and sea, and Te Moana – The ocean. 

Read our Blog Post to find out more about He Iti te Kupu and author Hona Black.

Ngā mihi nui e Hona!