Conversations - Colours

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about te reo

  • te reo is one of the official languages of new zealand
  • ncea = national certificate in educational achievement (new zealand)
  • nzqa = new zealand qualification authority
  • level 1 = year 10 (circa 15 yr old learners)
  • level 2 = year 11 (circa 16 yr old learners)
  • level 3 = year 11 (circa 17 yr old learners)
  • for details on te reo maori ncea achievement standards [goto nzqa.govt.nz]


te reo colours (19 sets of 12 terms)

id_no te reo english set_no
1 ngā tae the colours 1
2 ari white, clear 1
3 hae gleam 1
4 hahae gleam 1
5 hāmā light-coloured 1
6 hāmā faded 1
7 hana pink 1
8 hāpira (Eng) sapphire 1
9 hātea faded 1
10 hāura brown 1
11 hengia black 1
12 hina grey 1
13 hiriwa silver 2
14 hīwera brown, red 2
15 hīwerawera gleaming red 2
16 hoata tow-coloured 2
17 hohoata pale 2
18 horetea pale 2
19 hōrua ochre 2
20 hunga light coloured 2
21 ingoingo spotted 2
22 ira variegated, stain, mark, freckle 2
23 iraira variegated 2
24 kaho light coloured 2
25 kahurangi blue 3
26 kākaka brown 3
27 kakano colour 3
28 kakano whakauru variegated 3
29 kākaramea red 3
30 kākarauri dark coloured 3
31 kākāriki green 3
32 kākata rusty coloured, brown 3
33 kanapa gleaming 3
34 kano colour 3
35 kanokore colourless 3
36 kara(ina) (Eng) colour 3
37 karaka orange 4
38 karakara coloured 4
39 karamea ochre 4
40 karatiwha deep black 4
41 kārearea green 4
42 karera light green 4
43 katea whiten 4
44 kauruki slightly coloured 4
45 kauruku slightly coloured 4
46 keha whitish 4
47 kehu brown, reddish 4
48 kenehuru dark 4
49 keretewha dark skinned 5
50 kikiwa black 5
51 kikorangi blue, sky blue 5
52 kiri waitutu dark skinned 5
53 kirikotea fair 5
54 kiriwhero florid 5
55 kita intensely bright 5
56 kiwa black 5
57 kiwakiwa black 5
58 kiwikiwi grey 5
59 koehu discoloured 5
60 kōhangohango mottled 5
61 kōingoingo spotted 6
62 kōiraira spot 6
63 koka brown 6
64 kōkōwai ochre 6
65 kōmahi dark coloured 6
66 kōmō whitish 6
67 kōpatapata freckled, spotted 6
68 kōpuni black 6
69 kōpura ruddy, shining 6
70 kōpure spotted 6
71 kōpurepure spotted 6
72 kōrae faded 6
73 kōrako albino 7
74 kōrangorango spotted, mottled 7
75 kōreko white 7
76 kōrinorino mottled surface 7
77 korio pale 7
78 kororā grey 7
79 korotingotingo spotted, speckled 7
80 korotiwha spot 7
81 korotiwhatiwha spotted 7
82 kōruhi discoloured 7
83 kōtea pale 7
84 kōtiwhatiwha spotted 7
85 kōtuhi hazy 8
86 kōtukutuku spotted 8
87 kōura (eng) gold 8
88 kōuraura golden brown, bronze 8
89 kōwhai yellow 8
90 kupango dark in colour 8
91 kura red, redden, glowing 8
92 kuratea reddish, pale red 8
93 light-coloured 8
94 white 8
95 māhinahina grey 8
96 makauri black 8
97 mākekehu light 9
98 mākura light red 9
99 mākurakura reddish 9
100 māmangu black 9
101 manauri dark in colour 9
102 mangaeka yellow, pale brown 9
103 mangu black 9
104 mangumangu black 9
105 māota dark green 9
106 mārari faded, soiled 9
107 matahanahana blush 9
108 matakakā red 9
109 mataura reddish 10
110 matawhero reddish 10
111 mawera reddish 10
112 māwhe faded 10
113 māwhero pink 10
114 mea red 10
115 mōheahea light 10
116 momo various 10
117 mōrea red 10
118 mōtea pale 10
119 muhani light-coloured 10
120 mumura glow 10
121 muramura bright 11
122 ngā tae colours 11
123 ngangana glowing, red 11
124 niwaniwa deep black 11
125 nonokura red 11
126 ōpure piebald 11
127 pāhekeheke striped 11
128 pāhoko rainbow 11
129 pāhokohoka rainbow 11
130 pākā brown 11
131 pākā kōrito light brown 11
132 pākurakura glow red 11
133 pango black 12
134 pāpango dark in colour 12
135 para karaka orange-yellow 12
136 parāone brown 12
137 paraumu brown 12
138 parauri brown 12
139 parauri dark in colour 12
140 parawera black 12
141 pariko dark 12
142 pārikoriko stained 12
143 paruparu discoloured 12
144 pawhero red 12
145 peapeau tawny 13
146 poapoa discolour 13
147 pokere black 13
148 pōporo dark in colour 13
149 pōrangorango piebald 13
150 pounamu dark green 13
151 pōuriuri sombre in colour 13
152 pūaho intensely white 13
153 pūhinahina grey 13
154 pūmā grey, whitish 13
155 pūnganangana yellow 13
156 pungapunga yellow 13
157 purepure spotted, tufts of colour 14
158 pūrikoriko stained 14
159 pūwhero reddish 14
160 pūwherowhero reddish 14
161 rauwhero brown, ruddy 14
162 reko white 14
163 renga discoloured, yellow, light coloured 14
164 ropiropi streaked 14
165 tae(a) colour 14
166 taeanga maha multicoloured 14
167 tāekeka in streaks 14
168 taekore colourless 14
169 tāhei contrasting bands of colour 15
170 tāhekeheke streaked 15
171 tahutahu brilliant 15
172 taingia to colour, to dye, stain 15
173 tāingoingo spotted 15
174 taitea white 15
175 tarapī fine streak 15
176 tarare mottled 15
177 tārekoreko grey 15
178 tawa purple 15
179 tāwakawaka striped 15
180 tawatawa mottled 15
181 tawauri black 16
182 tea white, clear 16
183 teatea light in colour, albino 16
184 tīhaere pale in colour 16
185 titiwha gleaming 16
186 tiwha spot 16
187 tiwhaia spotted 16
188 tongi speck 16
189 tore white spot 16
190 tōwhero red 16
191 tū-ā- somewhat 16
192 tuatea pale 16
193 tūmomo various 17
194 tūrehu pale 17
195 tutu purple 17
196 tūtutpō redness 17
197 ūkura showing red 17
198 ura brown, red 17
199 uri dark in colour, dark green 17
200 uriuri dark in colour, dark green 17
201 uru tūrehu light 17
202 urukehu light 17
203 waiārangi red 17
204 waiporoporo purple 17
205 waipū redden 18
206 wairau discoloured 18
207 waituhi red 18
208 waitutu dark skinned 18
209 waiwhero pink 18
210 weko turning black 18
211 whakakakakaka irregular stripes 18
212 whakakōingoingo variegated 18
213 whakamā whiten 18
214 whakamāpau turning brown, turning red 18
215 whakameremere striking 18
216 whakaura glowing colour 18
217 whakawaikura redden 19
218 whakawaituhi turning red 19
219 wheko turning black 19
220 whero red 19
221 19
222 19
223 19
224 19
225 19
226 19
227 19
228 19