A royal lesson on how to talk about whanau in Māori

10:27 am on 6 July 2016

Ko te Rāapa tēnei rāngi - it's Wednesday, the third day of Te Wiki o te reo Māori. RNZ's Māori Issues correspondent Mihingarangi Forbes is answering listeners' Te Reo Māori questions on Morning Report each day during Māori Language Week.

Today she used the royal family to give a lesson on how to speak about whānau, or family.

How to speak about family... using Prince Charles as an example

Ko Harry rāua ko William āna tamariki - Harry and William are his children.

Ko Camilla tōna hoa wahine - Camilla is his wife.

Ko George rāua ko Charlotte ana mokopuna - George and Charlotte are his grandchildren.

Ko Kuini Irihapeti tōna whaea - Queen Elizabeth is his mother.

Ko Princess Margaret tōna Whaea kēkē - Princess Margaret was his Aunt.

Ko George tōna koroua - King George was his grandfather.

Ko Andrew tana teina - Andrew is his younger brother ( if he was older he'd be a tuakana not a teina.)

Ko Anne tana tuahine - Anne is his younger sister (if she was older, she'd be a tōna tuahine)

Ko Mark tana taokete - Mark is his brother in law.

Ko Peter rāua ko Zara ana iramutu - Peter and Zara are his nephew and niece.

Prince Charles and Camilla wear korowai presented to the the Queen and Prince Philip on their New Zealand tour in 1954.

Ko Prince Charles raua ko tōna hoa wahine, Duchess of Cornwall Photo: Supplied/ Pool copy