Introduction to Maori language

Maori is the language of the Maori, the indigenous people of New Zealand, where it is one of the three official languages, besides English and New Zealand Sign language. Maori belongs to the Eastern Polynesian languages and is regarded by linguists as being closely related to Cook Islands Maori, Tuamotuan and Tahitian, less closely to Hawaiian and Marquesan, and even more distantly to the languages of Western Polynesia, including Samoan, Tokelauan, Niuean and Tongan. There are currently between 100,000 and 150,000 Maori speakers.

History of Maori language

·Legend has it that the Maori came to New Zealand from a mythical place called Hawaiki. Anthropologists believe they arrived around 1280 AD from Eastern Polynesia.

·Until the 19th century, their language and its dialects developed in isolation.

·Since about 1800, the Maori language has had quite a turbulent history.

·In the 1860s, with the arrival of traders from various ethnic backgrounds, missionaries, settlers and gold seekers, which mostly spoke English, Maori became a minority language.

·In the late 19th century, an English-style school system was introduced for all New Zealanders by the colonial governments of New Zealand and its provinces.

·From the 1880s it was even not allowed to use Maori in schools.

·In the late 1930s, the number of Maori speakers began to decline rapidly, as Maori members of New Zealand’s Parliament endured disadvantages because parliamentary proceedings took place in English.

·By the 1980s, Maori-language recovery-programs were started after Maori leaders realized the dangers of losing their language.

The Status quo of Maori

Maori is the now one of the three official language of New Zealand. There has been a continual increase in revitalization efforts of the Maori language since the 1960s. Many people have learnt Maori as a second language through universities, polytechnics, and other organizations.

What can CCJK do for your Maori translation?

Maori is one of the rare languages in the world indeed, so of course we understand the difficulty you must be facing when you visit New Zealand. This implies that to be able to sell your products or services in these markets, you need to put forward your proposals to your clients in the Maori language.

Since other translation companies can’t offer language translations in these relatively obscure languages, CCJK, as a highly-qualified language service provider, keeps up on the latest developments in all aspects of worldwide language study and use. Our Maori translation services will take care of your translation requirements in the most efficient and effective way.

CCJK has been providing Maori language translation to and from a large variety of languages including Maori to English, and English to Maori translations. We work with professional language translation providers who are well-qualified and experienced, and assure very good quality translations in a variety of fields. Professional translators at CCJK are not only experts in a variety of language pairs, but also many domain fields including legal translation, technical translation, corporate translation and medical translation among others. CCJK also assures affordably translation charges compared to other translation providers. To obtain a free quote for your upcoming Maori translation project, please visit