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Top 20 Māori boys’ and girls’ names for 2013

23 July 2013

Top 20 Māori boys’ and girls’ names for 2013

The Department of Internal Affairs has released the top 20 Māori baby names for 2013 in association with Māori Language Week 2014, Te Wiki o te Reo Māori.

The most popular Māori baby names in 2013 were Nikau for boys and Aria for girls, the Department of Internal Affairs has confirmed.

“The five most popular baby names for Māori girls in 2013 were Aria, Maia, Ariana, Anahera and Anika. For boys, the top five Māori names were Nikau, Ari, Wiremu, Niko and Tamati,” says Registrar-General, Jeff Montgomery.

Boys’ names have represented the biggest change from 2012: “Ari and Niko did not appear in the 2012 list,” Jeff notes. “For girls’ names, Anika has made a large jump from number 18 last year to fifth, and Aria and Maia have swapped first and second place.”

The figures are collected from registrations of birth in New Zealand in the 2012-2013 financial year and do not include children born overseas.

“Although there is no need for children born overseas to register their birth in New Zealand, grandparents with mokopuna born in other countries can encourage the parents to register their pēpe as New Zealand citizens by descent,” Jeff says. “This enables the child to be recognised as an official New Zealander.”

Citizenship by descent is a birthright for all children born overseas who have at least one parent who is a New Zealand citizen by birth or by grant. The only difference between citizenship by descent and any other kind of citizenship is that citizens by descent cannot automatically pass New Zealand citizenship to their children born overseas.

“Registering as a New Zealand citizen by descent is very easy – the application form can be downloaded from www.citizenship.govt.nz. Parents can also call free 0800 22 51 51 for help with any questions they might have.”

“This is the second time that this analysis has been carried out between the Department of Internal Affairs and Te Taura Whiri I te Reo Māori.

“Te Wiki o te Reo Māori is a great opportunity to release the top 20 Māori boys and girls names,” Jeff adds. “Māori names are unique in the world – they connect to your history and your whakapapa.”

“Māori names are an important way of linking with whakapapa,” says the CE of Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori, Pita Paraone. “We’re pleased that so many whānau are maintaining tūpuna names through the generations. Māori names are a way of connecting with te reo Māori and Māori culture.”

The Department of Internal Affairs reminds parents that it’s important to register the names of their newborns with Births Deaths Marriages and Citizenship. Birth registration is the first official recognition of a baby born in New Zealand and gives newborns rights, privileges and official status under the law.

“It’s really important that the birth is registered as soon as possible”, Jeff says. “It will allow baby to start school, open a bank account and get a New Zealand passport.

The top 20 Māori names for 2012 and 2013 are:

Boys

20122013
1NikauNikau
2WiremuAri
3KahurangiWiremu
4KauriNiko
5NikoraTamati
6TaneHemi
7TamatiNikora
8RawiriTe Ariki
9AnaruRawiri
10TaiTane
11ManaiaMikaere
12TamaManaia
13MikaereKahu
14Te ArikiTangaroa
15ArikiKauri
16Te KohaAriki
17HoaniManaaki
18ManawaTama
19TiareIhaia
20HemiMatiu

Girls

20122013
1MaiaAria
2AriaMaia
3ManaiaAriana
4AnaheraAnahera
5AtaahuaAnika
6ArohaAroha
7TiaKora
8ArianaTia
9KaiaKaia
10KahurangiAna
11MaraeaRia
12WaimarieTiare
13TuiMereana
14AmaiaNia
15MiriamaTui
16AwhinaWikitoria
17HanaHinewai
18AnikaMahi
19HuiaTerina
20MareikuraMareikura

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