How to ask someone where people, objects or places are
“Kei hea?” is used to ask someone where an object is or where a person or people are. If a person asks you this, they will begin with “Kei hea..?”
a Kei hea tō kāinga?
Where is your home?
e Kei hea a Te Hererīpene?
Where is Te Hererīpene?
i Kei hea ō hoa?
Where are your friends?
Possible answers to these questions:
a Kei Te Whanga-nui-a-Tara taku kāinga.
My home is in Wellington.
e Kei Tāmaki-makau-rau ia.
She is in Auckland.
i Kei Ōtepoti rātou.
They are in Dunedin.
Maori Place Names – Main centres
(See map p. 4 Te Kākano)
Whangārei (far north of North Island)
Tāmaki-makau-rau Auckland (below Whangārei)
Kirikiriroa Hamilton (south of Auckland)
Tauranga (Northern Bay of Plenty)
Rotorua (North of Taupō)
Taupō (Central North Island)
Tūranga Gisborne (East Coast of North Island)
Ahuriri Napier (East Coast of North Island)
Whanganui (Lower West Coast of North Island)
Te Papaioea Palmerston North(North of Wellington)
Whanga-nui-a-Tara Wellington (Southern North Island)
Ōtautahi Chirstchurch (East coast of South Island)
Ōtepoti Dunedin (Southern South Island)
Te wāhanga 1
One of the characters from Te Whanake will ask you about the whereabouts of someone famous in the Māori world. The place where the person is will be provided in brackets and you must give a correct answer using the short sentence structure and the place name. e.g. Kei Kirikiriroa. – In Hamilton.
Te Hererīpene: Kei hea te kāinga o Pita Sharples?
Where is the home of Peter Sharples?
(Auckland - Tāmaki-makau-rau)
Akonga: Kei Tāmaki-makau-rau.
Student: In Auckland.
Wiremu: Kei hea te kāinga o Te Wharehuia Milroy?
Where is Te Wharehuia Milroy’s home?
(Hamilton - Kirikiriroa)
Akonga: Kei Kirikiriroa.
Student: In Hamilton.
(For further explanations and exercises: Te Kākano pp. 3-4.)
Whakautua ngā pātai.
Answer the questions.