Ki ngā iwi, mai i Te Waipounamu ki Te Ika ā-Māui
Indicating direction towards and away from the speaker in space and time
By now you have learnt that mai (towards) and atu (away from the speaker) directly follow the verb to indicate direction. Both words can also be used in other situations without following verbs to show an extended period of time or to indicate to or from the speaker. Here are some examples to illustrate this.
|I haere mai rātou i Tauranga ki Kirikiriroa.
|They came from Tauranga to Hamilton.
|Mai i te tīmatanga o te tau, i hikoi ia i te Tiriti o Papanui ki te kura.
|From the start of the year, she walked from Papanui street to school.
|I taraiwa te whānau atu i Pōneke ki Kerikeri.
|The family drove from Wellington to Kerikeri.
For further explanations and examples see Te Pihinga p.64
Whakarongo ki te kōrero a Mīria, ā, whakakīa ngā āputa e whai ake nei.
Listen to what Mīria says and fill in the gaps below.