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Ahera Male Maori form of Asher.
Ahia Male One of the crew of Aea Ka Huru Manu.
Ahuru Male A common chief's name.
Aika Male A Ngai Tahu chief.
Airini Female Irene.
Aioriri Male A priest of olden time.
Aitua Male God of misfortune.
Aitupawa Male One of the minor Gods.
Aka Female Creeper, vine, weed.
Akahata Male Supreme is tino nui. Weed which is used as a leash.
Aketu Male A Ngati Kahungunu chief.
Akona Female To teach.
Aku Female A daughter of Hongi.
Amako Male One of the defenders of Te Namu.
Amiri Male The east wind.
Amiria Female Industrious; Maori form of Amelia.
Amonga Male A chief of Ati Awa. A descendant of Toroa.
Anahera Female Angel.
Anaru Male Maori form of Andrew.
Anewa Male To fall.
Ani Female Maori form of Anne or Ane.
Aperira Female The Maori form of April.
Aputa Female Open spaces.
Arama Male Maori form of Adam.
Areta Female Maori form of Alice.
Ariki Male Principal chief; first-born of a family of note; priest-chief.
Aroha Female Love.
Arona Female Colourful.
Aronui Female Inclination.
Atama Male Maori form of Adam.
Atamarie Female Sun rising.
Atua Male God; ancestral spirit.
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Ekara Male Eagle.  
Emere Female Maori form of Emily.  
Eriatara Male A Kaipara chief.  
Erihapeti Female Maori form of Elizabeth.  
Eru Male A Ngati Manawa chief killed by Tuhoe in 1866.  
Eruera Male Maori form of Edward. Happy guardian.  
Eti Male Eldest son of Te Popoki of Wairarapa.  
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Haeata Male Name of a taniwha. A mythological being.
Haena Male A Ngati Mutunga chief at the Chathams.
Haere Male A God of the rainbow.
Hahana Male A Ngati Toa chief.
Hahona Male Maori form of Jason.
Hainga Male A chief of Ngati Tama.
Hakeke Male A chief of Ngati Apa.
Haki Female Ngai Tahu woman eaten by Ngati Mamoe. 
Hakia Male A chief of upper Whanganui
Hakina Female A sister of Rehua. Mamaru Genealogy.
Hakopa Male A Tuhoe man who fought against the British at Orakau.
Hamene Male A slave taken by Tuwharetoa at Kohi kete. 
Hanara Male Maori form of Arnold.
Hani Male A chief of Tuhoe; a stone near Maketu; a God.
Hanu Male A Waikato chief killed by Ngati Tama.
Haoka Male A Ngati Mamoe Chief.
Haora Male A Hauraki chief.
Hara Female Maori form of Zara.
Harakeke Male New Zealand flax plant
Haraki Male A priest of Tuhoe.
Harata Male A chief of Mokoia at Tamaki.
Hare Male Maori form of Charles. Manly, full grown.
Haripu Male A Ngati Ira chief.
Haru Male A South Island chief.
Hatario Male A chief of Wai ngongoro.
Hatea Male A Ngati Apa chief.
Hatiwira Male Chief of a district near East Cape.
Hatoa Male A chief of Ngati Apa.
Heeni Female Maori form of Jane.
Hemi Male Maori form of James. The supplanter.
Heriko Male Maori form of Jericho.
Hine Female Girl; daughter.
Hine Hukatere Female A legend of a maiden with fingers as cold as ice
Hinemarino Female Pacifying.
Hinenuitepo Female Goddess of Death
Hinimona Female Maori Goddess.
Hirini Male Maori form of Sydney.
Hohepa Male Maori form of Joseph.
Hongi Male Maori form of greeting.
Hori Male Maori form of George.
Huatare Male The name of a famous Chief.
Huhana Female Maori form of Susan.
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Iaka Male Maori form of York.  
Ingoa Male A Ngati Toa Chief.  
Io Male Supreme being of the Maori, master of all the other Gods  
Irihapeti Female A form of Elizabeth, meaning consecrated to God.   
Iwi Male Maori tribe  
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Kae Male The man who killed Tinirau's pet whale.
Kaewa Female A wife of Te Hakehe of Ngati Apa.
Hahakaha Male An Ngapuhi chief. 
Kahawai Male An Arawa chief.
Kahi Male Maori form of Guy. A chief of Whakatohea.
Kahori Male A South Island chief.
Kahotu Male A Ngai Te Rangi chief.
Kahu Male Harrier Hawk.
Kanono Female Small tree.
Kapiti Male Name of a town.
Karakia Female Chant or prayer.
Kauri Male A chief of Ngati Awa.
Kawhea Male A Ngati Kurapoto chief.
Kea Male Mountain Parrot.
Keka Male A Whanganui chief.
Keke Female A Ngati Apakura woman.
Kekeriwai Male One of the minor gods.
Kiki Male A famous wizard.
Kikokiko  Male A chief of Ngati Whatua.
Kinaki Male A Ngati Whatua chief.
Kingi Male Maori form of King.
Kiri M/F Tree bark.
Kiroa Male A chief of Manga Kahia.
Kiwi Male A chief of Wai o hua.
Kooti Male The noted Hauhau leader.
Kopeke Male A Ngati Kurapoto chief.
Koraka Male A South Island chief.
Koria Female A child of the sun.
Koro Male A Trial Chief in "Whale Rider".
Kotikoti Male A chief of Whakatohea.
Koua Male The father of Hone Heke.
Kowakura  Male Composer of a lullaby.
Kowha Male A man killed by a monster called Moeahu.
Kunari Female Mother of Pakau wera.
Kura Female Maori: Treasure. Polynesian: Red. 
Kuri Male A chief of a Mokau pa. Ranga waha kura Genealogy.
Kutu Male A chief of Te Namu.
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Lani Female Flower.  
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Maaka Male Maori form of Mark;  the God of War.   
Maata Female A lady; Maori form of Martha.  
Mahaka Male A Ngati Kahungunu chief.  
Mahoihoi Male A great magician.  
Mahora Male Flat land.  
Mahuika Female Name of a the Goddess of Fire in Maori mythology.  
Mahunga Male A Ngati Raukawa chief. A chief of Operiki.  
Mahuta Male A Maori king.  
Maikara Female A Ngati Manawa woman.  
Maioha Male A Waikato chief. A dog that belonged to Turihuka.  
Maitai Male A name for the white man.  
Maka Male An Arawa ancestor. A South Island chief.  
Makareta Female Maori form of Margaret.  
Makoro Female A daughter of Kupe. East Coast Genealogy.  
Makutu Female Magic; to bewitch.  
Mamaku Male One of the leaders of the attack on Whanganui 1847.  
Manaia Male Guardian of the Heaven, Land and Sea  
Manu Male Power.  
Manewa Female A wife of Awa nui a rangi.  
Marama F/M Moon. Light of the world. A chief of Tunu haere.  
Marika Female Quiet and careful.  
Maro Male A man shot by Captain Cook.  
Marore Female Te Rauparaha's first wife.  
Matewa Male The dream time of the soul.  
Mere Female Maori form of Mary, also a club (weapon).  
Mikaere Male Maori form of Michael.  
Mirama M/F Where the river meets the sea.  
Moana M/F Wide expanse of water or sea.  
Mokihi M/F Raft of dry, flat stems  
Moko Male Maori tattoo  
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Nahi Male Maori form of Nelson.  
Natana Male Maori form of Nathan.  
Nga Female A Maori witch.  
Ngaio Female Clever or home. The name of a native New Zealand tree.  
Ngaire Female Silver fern; flaxen .  
Ngangi Male The last man killed in tribal fighting in Rangitikei.  
Nopera Male Maori form of Noble  
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Omaka Female The place where the stream flows.   
Otaihi Female A wife of Tu-Te-rangi-whiu.  
Otikoro Male A chief of Hawaiki.  
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Pahu Male A chief of Whatu-i-apiti.
Paikea Male Tribal chief. (Also the name of the girl star in "The Whale Rider")
Pakeha Male European; foreigner
Pakehakeha  Male A God of the sea
Pakewa Male An Aupouri chief.
Pakuku Male A South Island chief.
Pangari Male A Hokianga chief.
Pango Male A chief of Ngati-Whakaue.
Pania Female The name of a beautiful woman in a myth.
Paora Male Maori form of Paul.
Papahinga Male A Wairarapa chief.
Paparua Male A Ngati-Mamoe chief.
Patunga Male A Ngati-Maniapoto chief.
Petera Male Maori form of Peter.
Petipeti Male An ocean God.
Pianga Female A daughter of Tawhaki.
Pihi Female A woman of Ngai-Te-Au.
Piki Male A Ngati-Koura chief.
Pikinga Female A wife of Rangihaeata.
Pipi Female Maori form of Phoebe.
Pirika Male Maori form of Felix.
Pita Male Maori form of Peter. A stone or rock.
Pitaka Male The chief of the party which killed Pekehaua.
Poki Male A chief of Ngati-Awa.
Poporo Male A Hauraki chief.
Porourangi Male An artist in "The Whale Rider"
Potaka Male A chief of Nga-puke-turua.
Potatau Male The first Maori king.
Potiki Male A Ngati-Paoa chief.
Poto M/F Short. A brother-in-law of Hori Kingi.
Potonga Male A man killed by the monster moeahu.
Potoru Male Chief of Ririno. Chief of a party that killed Kai-wha-ka-ruaki.
Poutama Male Father of Kupe II. A descendant of Hoturoa.
Powha Male A chief killed at Manga kowhai, Waikato.
Powhiro Female A daughter of Kahungunu.
Puhara Male A Hawke's Bay chief.
Puhata Male A Hauraki chief.
Puhi Female A young woman of high birth
Pukoro Male A sister of Tupoki of Ngati-Tama.
Punga Male A son of Kaitangata.
Purapurawhetu Male How the stars in the sky came to be
Puta Male A mythological person. A Taupo tohunga.
Putara Male A chief of Ngai-Tauira.
 

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