Te Tari Taiwhenua (The Department of Internal Affairs) have revealed the most popular Māori names chosen for babies born in New Zealand for 2016.
Maia, meaning brave warrior was the number one choice for girls. The most popular choice for boys was Nikau (a native palm).
Ariana, Manaia, Anahera and Hana make up the top five most chosen names for girls. For the boys, the top five includes Ari, Kauri, Manaia, Te Ariki.
The use of Māori names serves as an important way to link with whakapapa (genealogy) and family history. They are also an acknowledgement of te reo Māori as an official language of New Zealand.
The name chosen may represent an elder or family member or a place that is special to the whanau. Some names, like Hahona and Rāhera , are Māori versions of English names (Jason and Rachel).
Top 20 Māori baby names for 2016
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