tāwharanui / dictionary
Tāwharanui is a Te Nehenehenui centric dictionary, with kupu hou, phrases and idioms unique to Te Nehenehenui. Each word or phrase will give a definition, example and its origins. Just like the Tāwhara, which was a favourable food source to all who resided in the great forest of Te Nehenehenui. We invite you to share in this collection of kupu that are unique to our people.
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Synonyms: Hei / Heikiha
Makangia te aikiha nei ki tō pēke – Put this hanky in your bag.
Synonyms: Waka Tūroro
Mā te amirana koe e kawe ki te hōhipera – The ambulance will take you to the hospital.
Synonyms: Mōteatea / Tangi
He tangi apakura tēnei ki te hunga kua riro – This is a lament to those who have passed.
Synonyms: Āwangawanga / Āwhitu
He nui nō tōku aroha ki te iwi kua ngaro, ka noho ārohirohi noa – With immense sorrow for those who have passed, I sit here confused and empty.
Ko tōku autāne tēnei – This is my brother-in-law.
Ko tōku auwahine tēnei – This is my sister-in-law.
Synonyms: Kino / Whakaiti / Whakatete
Me mutu ēnei kōrero hahani ināianeki, kei whara tētahi – These disparaging comments must stop now, or someone will get hurt.
Synonyms: Kōwaha / Hītako / Tūwaharoa
Kua ngēngē ā pēpē e hāmama mai ana – Baby is yawning, he’s tired.
He rongonui te takiwā o Te Nehenehenui mo ngōna wai hāpuapua – The region of Te Nehenehenui is well-known for its swamps.
Synonyms: Hakatere / Hakurara / Harate
Ka mutu te haratete o ngā kākahu o te tamaiti nei – Oh my, that boy’s clothes are raggedy.
Synonyms: Aitua / Whati / Tuki
Nā te aha I hauata ai? – What was the cause of the accident?
Synonyms: Tōhau / Pīpīwai
Kua haumāku tonu ngā kākāhu nei -
These clothes are still damp.
Hāunga anō I tērā, he wahine kaha ia mo te whawhai – Despite that, she is still a fighter.
Synonyms: Hora / Whakaari / Whakaata
Te ataahua hoki o ngā whakaahua e haupū mai nā – What a beautiful display of photos.
Synonyms: Whakakeke / Hīanga / Tangata Whakararuraru
I kitea te kura-māhita kō wai te ākonga heahea o te akomanga – It was evident to the teacher which of his students was the trouble-maker.
Ka heke au ki tērā takiwā ki te Iwi o tōku Whāea – I will migrate down to the area of my Mother’s people.
Synonyms: Koma / Paraehe
Ia te ata ko tōku Māmā tēnā ka heru I ōku makawe – Every morning my Mother combs my hair.
Synonyms: Huhū / Whakahihī
E hihī anai te tīkera – The kettle is hissing.
Hikapa mai ana ā pēpē i te kore whakatā – Baby has hiccups because she never had a proper rest.
Ka mau roa ngā kōrero nei ki te hirikapo – I will keep what’s been said in mind.
Ko tēnei te hiwi teitei o te takiwā nei – This is the tallest hill in the region.
Synonyms: Tito / Rūkahu
Kāti tō kōrero horihori – Stop your lying.
Ka kaha pupuhi mai te hau, ā, ka huamo te tai – The wind blew strongly, causing swells in the ocean.
Te pai o te korikori me te huatau o te tū o te kaitātaki wahine – The excellence movements and graceful stance of the female leader.
Synonyms: Hungarei / Hūngoi
Kāore au mo te tino rata ki ngōku hungawai – I don’t like my father in-law or my mother in-law.
Whakamaua tō tīhāte kia tika, kua hurirapa haere – Wear your t-shirt correctly its inside out.
Synonyms: Hīrorirori / Haurangi
Kua hūrori te tangata nei nā tōna haurangi – This person has lost his balance because he is heavily intoxicated.
Synonyms: Ināianei / Āianei
Hoki mai koe ki te kāinga ināianeki! – Come home now!
Synonyms: Rangatira / Kaiārahi
Tū kahika koe ki te pae o angitu – Stand proud, as you journey the path of success.
Synonyms: Kākahu Taratara / Pare-kawakawa
I roto i ngā āhuatanga o te tangihanga, ka kitea ko te iwi e mau ana i ō rātou kahu-mōtea – During times of bereavement and death people will wear mourning garments.
Synonyms: Kakama / Tere / Hohoro
Kia kamakama mai – Hurry up!
Mā te kāmura tō whare e hanga – Let the carpenter build your house.
Kaua koe e karo i te horoi rīhi – Don’t try dodge the dishes.
Synonyms: Karu Rewha
Kua karu kotiti te tamaiti nei – This child is cross-eyed.
Synonyms: Kirimana / Tiriti
I ara ake Te Kawenata o Ngāti Maniapoto me ōnā Hapū mahi i te tau 1904 – The covenant of Ngāti Maniapoto and its many subtribes was established in the year 1904.
I kāwhakina te taimaiti, e te tai o te moana – This child was carried out by the sea.
Synonyms: Kaipāka / Whāriki Moenga / Takapau
Tikina atu he keipāka i te rūma – Go and grab a mattress from the room.
Synonyms: Ketu / Rakuraku
E ketuketu ana ia, i te nui o ngōna kutu – He scratches a lot because he has a lot of head lice.
Synonyms: Kīhei / Kāhore
Kīhai au I kite I te nui o te utu – I did not see how expensive it was.
Synonyms: Kemo Kemo
Titiro ki te tangata e kimokimo mai na I a koe – Look at that person winking at you.
Synonyms: Tiotio / Utiuti / Hīrawerawe
I kiriweti te heamana ki te hēkeretari I te korenga o ngā mīneti tika – The Chairperson was annoyed by the secretary for not presenting the correct minutes.
Synonyms: Whakamuri / Kōnuminumi
Ka hoki kōmuri ngā whakaaro ki tōku taitamarikitanga – I think back to the days of my childhood.
Mā ngā Hoiho te kōnoke e kukume – Let the horses pull the sled.
He tangata nohopū ki te ahi te tangata koniahi – A person who sits frequently by the fireside is known as a fire hugger.
Nā wai te kopa nei i whiua ki te papa? – Who threw this nappy onto the floor?
Synonyms: Tāwharau / Taumarumaru / Pāruru
Haere mai koe ki te āhurutanga o tōku whare māku koe e kōpaki – Come to the comfort of my home, I will give you shelter.
Haere koe ki te korapa I ngētehi wāhie – Go and collect some wood.
Synonyms: Huakore / huhuakore / Hakihakiā
Koretake noa iho ana koorero – His speech was pointless.
Synonyms: Papa Tākaro / Ngāhau
I āu e tamariki ana, koinā tō mātou koringa – When I was a child that was our playground.
Synonyms: Koroua / Tauheke
Neke atu I te kotahi rau tau te pakeke o te Koroheke nei – This old man is over one hundred years old.
Synonyms: Hēti / Wharau
Heria ngā huawhenua nei ki te koropū – Put these vegetables into storage.
Kaua koe e kotiti haere – Do not go wondering off.
Synonyms: Tohe / Tautohetohe
Titiro ki te Kaiako rā e kaha kōwhete ana ki āna tauira – Look at the teacher growling her students.
Synonyms: Ngōki / Ngoi / Ngokingoki
Kū papa ahau ki tō peraurunga ka tangi ahau e – I crawl to the comfort of your pillow and cry.
Kāti tō mahi kūare – Stop being ignorant.
Synonyms: Tōpū / Huihuinga / Minenga
Te Kūititanga mai o ngā whakaaro – The gathering of thoughts.
Synonyms: Whakamamae / Hāwene
Ko Hinenui i-te-pō e kuku nei I te tangata – Hinenui i-te-pō the tormentor of man.
Synonyms: Makariri / Kōanu
Hoki mai ki roto nei, kei māeke koe – Get inside or you’ll get cold.
Synonyms: Parani / Pīruru
Waiho ngō hū ki te mahau o te whare koa – Please leave your shoes on the veranda.
Synonyms: Reka / Pai
Maitai ana ngā kai nei – This food is delicious
Synonyms: Rauiri / Ruke / Whiua
Maka atu ngā rāpihi nei ki te ipupara – Throw the rubbish into the rubbish bin.
Kia manawa-nui mai, ā tōna wā ka ea ai ngō wawata – Be patient, in time your aspirations will come true.
Synonyms: Pūrewa / Rewarewa / Mānu
E māpuna ana te waka i te wai – The canoe floats on the water.
Makangia ngā maramara paraoa nei ki te ipu para – Put these breadcrumbs into the rubbish bin.
Synonyms: Makatea / Pīwawa / Wīwī wāwā
He hapū ā Ngāti Te Kanawa nā Ngāti Maniapoto, he marara ōnā wehenga, ki uta, ki tai – Ngati Te Kanawa is a subtribe of Ngati Maniapoto that is scattered throughout Ngati Maniapoto from coastal to inland.
Kia tere mai kei mātao ngā kai – Please hurry, the kai will get cold.
Kāti te hoa matatika ko koe – There is no better trustworthy friend than you.
Ko te tamaiti whakarongo kōrero, he tamaiti mātau – A child who listens to instructions is a wise child.
He itiiti ngā matikara ā te pēpē – The baby has very small fingers.
Haere ki te kato matiru hei kai mā tātou i te pō nei – Go and pick us some mushrooms for tonight’s dinner.
Synonyms: Koromingi / Whakapoururu
E mingi haere ana a Koro – Grandad is frowning.
Synonyms: Āmio / Haereere / Tipi Haere
E mīoi tonu ana i te nuku o te whenua – I’m still roaming the earth.
Translation: Bubble / Froth
Kua kī katoa tana tāpu I te mirumiru – Her bathtub is full of bubbles
Synonyms: Moenanu / Moe kunanu
Kino kē taku moe, nā te kaha moehewa ā ētehi – I had a restless night because of some people sleep talking.
Synonyms: Whakaputa Mōhio
Kātahi te tangata mōhio ngutu ko ia – That person is a know it all.
Synonyms: Whatungarongaro / Ngaro
Kua momotu koe ki tāwhiti ki paerau, e kore rawa e hoki mai – You have departed to the underworld, never to return.
He mea waiho iho ngā mōtoi taringa nei e ōku tūpuna – These earrings were left to me by my ancestors.
Synonyms: Ngāhere / Ātaahua / Wawaiā
Titiro atu ki tēraka wahine nehenehe – Look at that beautiful lady.
Synonyms: Ngākau-pūmau / Manawa-nui
He tangata ngākau-nui ki te whakaora I tōna reo māori – He/She is passionate in reviving the Māori language.
Synonyms: Taiohi / Rangatahi
Tukua te hunga ngarangara kia haere – Let the youth go.
Kaua koe e ngawiti haere – Don’t be a nuisance.
Synonyms: Marū / Mongamonga
Kia tūpato! Ka whara koe, ka ngonga – Be careful! If you hurt yourself, you will get bruised.
Synonyms: Mārō / Uaua
Kātahi te pakeke haere o te aromatawai nei – This assignment is very difficult.
Synonyms: Mahira / Māhirahira
Kaua e pākiki haere – Don’t be nosy.
Rauatu tō paratihi ki te umu – Put your flat bread into the oven.
Synonyms: Parakena / Whakapango
Hokihoki tonu ahau ki Hangatiki ki te kimi parikena mangu mo te kaiparikena – I went back to Hangatiki in search of black polish for the shoeshine boy.
E perori ana tō tī-hāte – Your t-shirt is crinkled
Haere ki te pīnono atu i tō Pāpā – Go and bludge off your father.
Synonyms: Wharau / Whakamaru / Mahau
E tū koe ki raro i te pīruru kei mākūkū koe i te ua – Stand under the shelter or you’ll get soaked.
Synonyms: Tokopuaha / Kūpā
Mirimiri te tuara o te pēpē kia pūpā mai – Rub the back of the baby to bring up his/her wind.
Māu tō tātou pure e tīmata I te ata nei – You can conduct our prayer this morning.
He ngāngara te pūrehurehu, hāunga i tērā he ataahua tonu – Although an insect, the Butterfly is still a beautiful creature.
Synonyms: Hīeke / Pākē
Whakamaua tō pūreke kei mākū koe – Wear your raincape so you do not get wet.
Synonyms: Marama Hua
Hei Āpōpō ka ara mai a Rākaunui – Tomorrow the full moon will rise.
Kua pakapaka taku kiri I te rangihaea o Tamanui-te-rā – The rays of the sun have caused my skin to burn.
Me rarāngia ngā tuna ki te ahi – Cook the eels on the fire.
I riro i ā ia ngā whiwhinga pūtea nō te pāparakāuta – He won the jackpot at the tavern.
Hokona he peka rohi hei kinaki i ngā kai o te pō – Buy a loaf of bread to go with our dinner.
The dog defecated everywhere inside the house – Kua pokea te whare i ngā roke ā te kuri
Synonyms: Pono / Tika
E rorotu kau ana ahau, e ora tonu ana ngā patupaiarehe o Pirongia – I am positive that the mountain fairies of Pirongia still exist.
Synonyms: Takawaha / Takatahi
Kāore he tangata tū atu i a ia mo te rūpahu – There is no better bragger than him.
Titiro ki te wahine tū tahanga rā – Look at that naked woman.
Synonyms: Tahataha / Paretai / Tarawāhi
Tū koe ki te tahatika o te awa, kia māma ake tō kukume I ngā tuna – Stand at the riverbank so that its easier to gaff the eels.
Synonyms: Ūkuia / Puruma
Tahitahi mai te papa kia mā – Sweep the floor until its clean.
Takapoua te hīti kia pai ai te āhua o te moenga – Tuck your sheet in so your bed looks nice.
E mau ana ngā kōrero tukuiho nei e ngā tāpokotea – It is the elders that hold all the ancient wisdom of knowledge.
Synonyms: Pare-kawakawa / Tūpare-mōtea
Ko te tauā-mōtea he tohu o te pani – The wearing of a head wreath is a sign of bereavement.
Nāku ēnei kupu taurangi i tuku atu – It was I who made the promise.
Synonyms: Manaaki / Tauawhi / Āwhina
Nga tauwhirotanga ā te Atua ki a koutou katoa – May god above bless and care for you all.
Synonyms: Marama / Hina
Titiro atu ki Te Atatuhi e kānapa ana I runga I te moana – Look at the moon gleaming over the ocean.
Tiapu mai ki tēnei taha o te taiapa – Jump over to this side of the fence.
Tītai atu te pōro ki a ia – Throw the ball over to her/him.
He toretore kei tō mata, horoingia – There is eye mucus on your eyes, go and wash it.
Synonyms: Peka / Muka
Koirā ngā toronga o te kaumātua nei – Those are the distant relatives of this elderly person.
Waiho mā ngā ruruhi ngā tōrori nei e momi – Leave It to the Nannies to smoke.
Synonyms: Pewa / Kape
Kimokimo haere ana ngā tukemata ā Turongo ki a Mahinaarangi – Turongo looked immensely at Mahinaarangi with his eyebrows raised
Synonyms: Kapi / Kati
Tūtakingia te matapihi –
Close the window
Uea te tatau o te whare kia pai ai te kuhutanga mai ā te manuwhiri – Clear the entrance to the house so that our visitors can enter comfortably.
Synonyms: Pakari / Kaha
Kia uekaha te tū e hoa mā – Stand vigorously my friends.
Synonyms: Ngāueue / Hīoioi / Rūrū
E ueue ana tō wāea pūkoro – Your cellphone is vibrating.
Synonyms: Tangihanga / Nehu
He uhunga kei te Marae? – Is there a funeral at the Marae?
Synonyms: Tāuhiuhi / Tūāua / Horoi
Haere koe ki te uwhiuwhi – Go and have a shower.
Synonyms: Poke / Raupatu
Kaingia i tēnei, kei warea koe e te moe i a koe e hautū waka ana – Eat this so that you are not overpowered by exhaustion when driving.
E wehiwehi ana i te mōhiotanga ka kore au e roa ki te whenua – I am fearful, knowing that I have not long to go on earth.
Synonyms: Tamanui i-te-rā
Nā Maui te werowero i whakapōturi – Maui was the one who slowed the sun down.
He noho hei kaiwhakahaere pākihi tētēhi ō ngōku whaitanga nui – One of my biggest goals is to become a business owner.
Synonyms: Mākiri / Tāwariwari / Whakawhena
Whakamārō mai i o maihara – Flex your muscles.
Ko au te whakapākanga o te whānau – I am the youngest child of the family.
Synonyms: Harihari kōrero
Ka kōrero ia ki te pirihimana me te whāki ano I ōna hara – He spoke to the police and confessed his crimes.
Kua whānakohia ngā kī ō tōku waka – The keys to my car have been stolen.
Synonyms: Mamae / Pākikini / Uruhua
Ka taka au I te rākau ka whara ōku waewae – I fell off a tree and hurt my legs.
Kua pāngia ahau i te mate wharowharo – I have caught the flu.
Whakamaua I ngō whatu-karaha – Wear your glasses.
Synonyms: Katokato / Huhuti
Kaua koe e whawhaki ngā Putiputi, kei riri mai a ruruhi – Don’t pluck those flowers or nan will get mad.
Synonyms: Papa / Pae / Puroa
Kaua koe e makangia ō kākāhu ki te whorō – Don’t throw your clothes on the floor.