Te reo Māori alternative for Lorem Ipsum

Te reo Māori alternative for Lorem Ipsum

Use of te reo Māori instead of latin lorem ipsum will beautify your designs by using the official indigenous language of Aotearoa New Zealand. The following text is secular, not tapu (noa) and has been vetted to be culturally neutral. It is already in the public domain and has historical meaning. It can be used by anyone without any copyright issues.

The following random paragraphs have been copied from haphazard pages from the historical newspaper Te Waka Maori o Niu Tirani 1871-1877 sourced from Māori Niupepa Collection. Macrons have not been added to keep the text technologically neutral. The text can be shortened or duplicated as required. Alternatively, the direct link is http://www.taiuru.maori.nz/wp-content/uploads/lorem-ipsum-tereo.txt

The lorem ipsum text nor the Māori alternative is not intended to be written or read, but merely a visual aid used by graphic designers, software developers, web site developers and some book/magazine publishers. Even more reson to use te reo Māori.

This Lorem ipsum alternative Māori version could be just a incoherent usage of Māori words. But why degrade such a beautiful treasure when there are other appropriate texts available?

Caution about using any Māori text

Consideration for the text that you use must be given. The origin and Iwi ownership of the information is also important. Information such as whakapapa, usage of personal names, landmarks and traditional knowledge should not be used.

Likewise, using Māori religious/mythology as a Lorem ipum is equally offensive. Similar to the manner that you would not expect to see text from the Holly Bible, Koran, Tipitaka etc.

Why use te reo Māori Lorem Ipsum

Te Re Māori is an official language of New Zealand. It is the Indigenous language of New Zealand/Aotearoa. The use of Latin as a place holder, while an international practice, there is no reason why any Indigenous Peoples can not and should not promote their own identity with their own language.

What is Lorem Ipsum

Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry. Lorem Ipsum has been the industry’s standard dummy text ever since the 1500s, when an unknown printer took a galley of type and scrambled it to make a type specimen book. It has survived not only five centuries, but also the leap into electronic typesetting, remaining essentially unchanged. It was popularised in the 1960s with the release of Letraset sheets containing Lorem Ipsum passages, and more recently with desktop publishing software like Aldus PageMaker including versions of Lorem Ipsum.


The use of te reo Māori lorem ipsum equivalent will promote te reo Māori, be respectful of an official New Zealand language and will show you are unique.

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