Story: Rural language

Nāti T-shirt

Nāti T-shirt

Ramari McCarthy of the Ngāti Porou tribe wears a T-shirt printed with the word 'nāti' and a picture of a horse. Ngāti Porou use the word nāti to describe their horses, and as a nickname for the tribe. The same word, variously spelled ngati, naaiti and naati, was adopted by Pākehā settlers to describe a brumby or wild horse.

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Te Taurahere o Ngāti Porou ki Tāmaki

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Dianne Bardsley, 'Rural language - Māori influences', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 31 January 2023)

Story by Dianne Bardsley, published 24 Nov 2008