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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Aikiha
Translation: Hanky / Handkerchief

Synonyms: Hei / Heikiha

Makangia te aikiha nei ki tō pēke – Put this hanky in your bag.

 

Amirana
Translation: Ambulance
Synonyms: Waka Tūroro
Mā te amirana koe e kawe ki te hōhipera – The ambulance will take you to the hospital.


Apakura
Translation: Lament
Synonyms: Mōteatea / Tangi
He tangi apakura tēnei ki te hunga kua riro – This is a lament to those who have passed.




 

Ārohirohi
Translation: Dizzy / Confused
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.




 

Autāne
Translation: Brother-in-law
Synonyms: Taokete
Ko tōku autāne tēnei – This is my brother-in-law.




 

Auwahine


Translation: Sister-in-law
Synonyms: Taokete
Ko tōku auwahine tēnei – This is my sister-in-law.

Hahani
Translation: Disparage / Critical / Scornful
Synonyms: Kino / Whakaiti / Whakatete
Me mutu ēnei kōrero hahani ināianeki, kei whara tētahi – These disparaging comments must stop now, or someone will get hurt.

Hāmama
Translation: Yawn of Mouth / Shout
Synonyms: Kōwaha / Hītako / Tūwaharoa
Kua ngēngē ā pēpē e hāmama mai ana – Baby is yawning, he’s tired.

Hāparangi
Translation: Yelling
Synonyms: Hāmama
Kāti tō hāparangi – Stop your yelling

Hāpuapua
Translation: Swamp
Synonyms: Repo
He rongonui te takiwā o Te Nehenehenui mo ngōna wai hāpuapua – The region of Te Nehenehenui is well-known for its swamps.

Haratete
Translation: Raggedy
Synonyms: Hakatere / Hakurara / Harate
Ka mutu te haratete o ngā kākahu o te tamaiti nei – Oh my, that boy’s clothes are raggedy.

Hauata
Translation: Accident / Calamity / Misfortune
Synonyms: Aitua / Whati / Tuki
Nā te aha I hauata ai? – What was the cause of the accident?

Haumāku
Translation: Damp
Synonyms: Tōhau / Pīpīwai
Kua haumāku tonu ngā kākāhu nei -
These clothes are still damp.

Hāunga
Translation: Although / Except / Despite
Synonyms: Ahakoa
Hāunga anō I tērā, he wahine kaha ia mo te whawhai – Despite that, she is still a fighter.

Haupū
Translation:Display
Synonyms: Hora / Whakaari / Whakaata
Te ataahua hoki o ngā whakaahua e haupū mai nā – What a beautiful display of photos.

Heahea
Translation: Trouble-maker
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.

Heke
Translation: Migrate / Descend / Disembark
Synonyms: Hekenga
Ka heke au ki tērā takiwā ki te Iwi o tōku Whāea – I will migrate down to the area of my Mother’s people.

Hemokai
Translation: Starving
Synonyms: Matekai
Kua hemokai te tamaiti nei – This child is starving.

Heru
Translation: Comb / Brush
Synonyms: Koma / Paraehe
Ia te ata ko tōku Māmā tēnā ka heru I ōku makawe – Every morning my Mother combs my hair.

Hihī
Translation: Hiss (Noise)
Synonyms: Huhū / Whakahihī
E hihī anai te tīkera – The kettle is hissing.

Hīkapa
Translation: Hiccough (Hiccup)
Synonyms: Tokomauri
Hikapa mai ana ā pēpē i te kore whakatā – Baby has hiccups because she never had a proper rest.

Hirikapo
Translation: Mind / Intellect
Synonyms: Hinengaro
Ka mau roa ngā kōrero nei ki te hirikapo – I will keep what’s been said in mind.

Hiwi
Translation: Hill / Ridge
Synonyms: Puke
Ko tēnei te hiwi teitei o te takiwā nei – This is the tallest hill in the region.

Hōpane
Translation: Pan / Saucepan
Synonyms:
Tunua ngā hēki ki te hōpane – Cook the eggs on the pan.

Horihori
Translation: To tell a lie / Exaggerate / False
Synonyms: Tito / Rūkahu
Kāti tō kōrero horihori – Stop your lying.

Huamo
Translation: Swelling (Ocean) / Rising
Synonyms:
Ka kaha pupuhi mai te hau, ā, ka huamo te tai – The wind blew strongly, causing swells in the ocean.

Huānga
Translation: Relative
Synonyms: Whanaunga
He huānga katoa tātou – We are all related.

Huatau
Translation: Graceful
Synonyms: Tau-ana
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.

Huene
Translation: Moan / Whinge
Synonyms: Aurere / Komekome
Kāti tō huene haere – Stop moaning.

Hungawai
Translation: Father In-law / Mother In-law
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.

Hurirapa
Translation: Inside out / Upside down / Back to front
Synonyms:
Whakamaua tō tīhāte kia tika, kua hurirapa haere – Wear your t-shirt correctly its inside out.

Hūrori
Translation: Staggering / Loss of Balance
Synonyms: Hīrorirori / Haurangi
Kua hūrori te tangata nei nā tōna haurangi – This person has lost his balance because he is heavily intoxicated.

Ināianeki
Translation: Now
Synonyms: Ināianei / Āianei
Hoki mai koe ki te kāinga ināianeki! – Come home now!

Kahika
Translation: Leader / Proud
Synonyms: Rangatira / Kaiārahi
Tū kahika koe ki te pae o angitu – Stand proud, as you journey the path of success.

Kahu-mōtea
Translation: Mourning Garments
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.

Kamakama
Translation: Be quick / Hurry / Eager / Keen
Synonyms: Kakama / Tere / Hohoro
Kia kamakama mai – Hurry up!

Kāmura
Translation: Carpenter / Carpentry
Synonyms: Kaihanga
Mā te kāmura tō whare e hanga – Let the carpenter build your house.

Karo
Translation: Dodger / Dodge
Synonyms:
Kaua koe e karo i te horoi rīhi – Don’t try dodge the dishes.

Karu Kotiti
Translation: Cross-eyed
Synonyms: Karu Rewha
Kua karu kotiti te tamaiti nei – This child is cross-eyed.

Kawenata
Translation: Covenant / Agreement / Charter / Contract / Treaty
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.

Kāwhaki
Translation: To Carry by force / Hijack / Remove / Kidnap
Synonyms: Kāhaki
I kāwhakina te taimaiti, e te tai o te moana – This child was carried out by the sea.

Keipāka
Translation: Mattress
Synonyms: Kaipāka / Whāriki Moenga / Takapau
Tikina atu he keipāka i te rūma – Go and grab a mattress from the room.

Ketuketu
Translation: Scratch
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.

Kīhai
Translation: Did not / Was not (Past tense only)
Synonyms: Kīhei / Kāhore
Kīhai au I kite I te nui o te utu – I did not see how expensive it was.

Kimokimo
Translation: Wink
Synonyms: Kemo Kemo
Titiro ki te tangata e kimokimo mai na I a koe – Look at that person winking at you.

Kiriweti
Translation: Irritated / Annoyed
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.

Kōmuri
Translation: Backwards / Past
Synonyms: Whakamuri / Kōnuminumi
Ka hoki kōmuri ngā whakaaro ki tōku taitamarikitanga – I think back to the days of my childhood.

Kōneke
Translation: Sled / Sledge / Trolley
Synonyms: Tōneke
Mā ngā Hoiho te kōnoke e kukume – Let the horses pull the sled.

Koneki
Translation: Here
Synonyms: Konei
Haere mai koe ki koneki noho ai – Come over here and sit.

Koniahi
Translation: Fire Hugger


Synonyms:


He tangata nohopū ki te ahi te tangata koniahi – A person who sits frequently by the fireside is known as a fire hugger.

Kopa
Translation: Diaper / Pad / Nappy
Synonyms: Kope
Nā wai te kopa nei i whiua ki te papa? – Who threw this nappy onto the floor?

Kōpaki
Translation: To Shelter
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.


Korapa
Translation: Collect / Gather
Synonyms: Kohikohi
Haere koe ki te korapa I ngētehi wāhie – Go and collect some wood.


Koretake
Translation: Pointless
Synonyms: Huakore / huhuakore / Hakihakiā
Koretake noa iho ana koorero – His speech was pointless.

Koringa
Translation: Playground / Play (Fun)
Synonyms: Papa Tākaro / Ngāhau
I āu e tamariki ana, koinā tō mātou koringa – When I was a child that was our playground.

Koroheke
Translation: Elderly Male / Grandfather
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.


Koropū
Translation: Storage Shed (Traditionally used for storing potatoes)
Synonyms: Hēti / Wharau
Heria ngā huawhenua nei ki te koropū – Put these vegetables into storage.

Kotiti
Translation: Stray / Wonder
Synonyms: Kaihanu
Kaua koe e kotiti haere – Do not go wondering off.

Kōwhete
Translation: Growl / Scold / Argue
Synonyms: Tohe / Tautohetohe
Titiro ki te Kaiako rā e kaha kōwhete ana ki āna tauira – Look at the teacher growling her students.

Kū papa
Translation: Crawl
Synonyms: Ngōki / Ngoi / Ngokingoki
Kū papa ahau ki tō peraurunga ka tangi ahau e – I crawl to the comfort of your pillow and cry.


Kūare
Translation: Ignorant / Unaware / Naïve
Synonyms: Kūware
Kāti tō mahi kūare – Stop being ignorant.

Kūiti
Translation: Gathering / Congregate / Narrow
Synonyms: Tōpū / Huihuinga / Minenga
Te Kūititanga mai o ngā whakaaro – The gathering of thoughts.


Kuku
Translation: Torment
Synonyms: Whakamamae / Hāwene
Ko Hinenui i-te-pō e kuku nei I te tangata – Hinenui i-te-pō the tormentor of man.


Māeke
Translation: Cold
Synonyms: Makariri / Kōanu
Hoki mai ki roto nei, kei māeke koe – Get inside or you’ll get cold.

Mahau
Translation: Veranda / Deck / Porch
Synonyms: Parani / Pīruru
Waiho ngō hū ki te mahau o te whare koa – Please leave your shoes on the veranda.

Maitai
Translation: Good / Yummy / Delicious
Synonyms: Reka / Pai
Maitai ana ngā kai nei – This food is delicious

Maka
Translation: To throw away / Attach
Synonyms: Rauiri / Ruke / Whiua
Maka atu ngā rāpihi nei ki te ipupara – Throw the rubbish into the rubbish bin.




 

Manawa-nui
Translation: Patient
Synonyms:
Kia manawa-nui mai, ā tōna wā ka ea ai ngō wawata – Be patient, in time your aspirations will come true.

Maoa
Translation: Cooked / Ripe
Synonyms: Maonga / Marū
Kua maoa ngā kai – The food is cooked.

Māpuna
Translation: Float
Synonyms: Pūrewa / Rewarewa / Mānu
E māpuna ana te waka i te wai – The canoe floats on the water.

Maramara
Translation: Crumbs
Synonyms: Kongakonga
Makangia ngā maramara paraoa nei ki te ipu para – Put these breadcrumbs into the rubbish bin.

Marara
Translation: Scattered / Dispersed
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.

Mātao
Translation: Cold (Food)
Synonyms: Makariri
Kia tere mai kei mātao ngā kai – Please hurry, the kai will get cold.

Matatika
Translation: Trustworthy
Synonyms: Whirinaki
Kāti te hoa matatika ko koe – There is no better trustworthy friend than you.

Mātau
Translation: Wise
Synonyms: Mōhio
Ko te tamaiti whakarongo kōrero, he tamaiti mātau – A child who listens to instructions is a wise child.

Matikara
Translation: Finger
Synonyms: Matimati
He itiiti ngā matikara ā te pēpē – The baby has very small fingers.

Matiru
Translation: Mushroom
Synonyms: Harore
Haere ki te kato matiru hei kai mā tātou i te pō nei – Go and pick us some mushrooms for tonight’s dinner.

Mingi
Translation: Frown
Synonyms: Koromingi / Whakapoururu
E mingi haere ana a Koro – Grandad is frowning.

Mīoi
Translation: Roam
Synonyms: Āmio / Haereere / Tipi Haere
E mīoi tonu ana i te nuku o te whenua – I’m still roaming the earth.

Mirumiru


Translation: Bubble / Froth
Synonyms: Hukahuka
Kua kī katoa tana tāpu I te mirumiru – Her bathtub is full of bubbles

Moehewa
Translation: Sleep Talk
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.

Mōhio Ngutu
Translation: Know it all
Synonyms: Whakaputa Mōhio
Kātahi te tangata mōhio ngutu ko ia – That person is a know it all.

Momotu
Translation: Disappear / Depart / To Lose
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.

Mōtoi Taringa
Translation: Earring
Synonyms: Earring
He mea waiho iho ngā mōtoi taringa nei e ōku tūpuna – These earrings were left to me by my ancestors.

Nehenehe
Translation: Forest / Bush / Beautiful
Synonyms: Ngāhere / Ātaahua / Wawaiā
Titiro atu ki tēraka wahine nehenehe – Look at that beautiful lady.



 

Ngākau-nui
Translation: Passionate
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.

Ngarangara
Translation: Youth
Synonyms: Taiohi / Rangatahi
Tukua te hunga ngarangara kia haere – Let the youth go.

Ngawiti
Translation: Pissed-off / Disappointed / Nuisance
Synonyms: Hōhā
Kaua koe e ngawiti haere – Don’t be a nuisance.

Ngonga
Translation: Bruise
Synonyms: Marū / Mongamonga
Kia tūpato! Ka whara koe, ka ngonga – Be careful! If you hurt yourself, you will get bruised.

Pakeke
Translation: Difficult / Hard / Solid
Synonyms: Mārō / Uaua
Kātahi te pakeke haere o te aromatawai nei – This assignment is very difficult.

Pākiki
Translation: Inquisitive / Curious / Nosy
Synonyms: Mahira / Māhirahira
Kaua e pākiki haere – Don’t be nosy.

Paratihi
Translation: Flat Bread
Synonyms: Takakau
Rauatu tō paratihi ki te umu – Put your flat bread into the oven.

Parikena
Translation: Polish (Shoes)
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.

Perori
Translation: Crinkled / Crooked
Synonyms: Parori
E perori ana tō tī-hāte – Your t-shirt is crinkled

Pīnono
Translation: To beg / Obtain in a cunning manner / Bludge
Synonyms: Patipati
Haere ki te pīnono atu i tō Pāpā – Go and bludge off your father.


Pīruru
Translation: Cover / Small Shelter
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.

Pūpā
Translation: Burp / Bring Up Wind
Synonyms: Tokopuaha / Kūpā
Mirimiri te tuara o te pēpē kia pūpā mai – Rub the back of the baby to bring up his/her wind.

Pure
Translation: Prayer
Synonyms: Karakia
Māu tō tātou pure e tīmata I te ata nei – You can conduct our prayer this morning.



 

Pūrehurehu
Translation: Butterfly
Synonyms: Pūrerehua
He ngāngara te pūrehurehu, hāunga i tērā he ataahua tonu – Although an insect, the Butterfly is still a beautiful creature.

Pūreke
Translation: Rain Cape (Traditional)
Synonyms: Hīeke / Pākē
Whakamaua tō pūreke kei mākū koe – Wear your raincape so you do not get wet.

Rākaunui
Translation: Full Moon
Synonyms: Marama Hua
Hei Āpōpō ka ara mai a Rākaunui – Tomorrow the full moon will rise.

Rangihaea
Translation: Rays of Sun
Synonyms: Hīhī
Kua pakapaka taku kiri I te rangihaea o Tamanui-te-rā – The rays of the sun have caused my skin to burn.


Rarāngia
Translation: Bake / Cook (With Fire)
Synonyms: Tunu
Me rarāngia ngā tuna ki te ahi – Cook the eels on the fire.

Rārārē
Translation: Over there
Synonyms: Kei kora
Kei ko rārārē tō wāea – Your phone is over there.

Riro
Translation: Obtained / Won
Synonyms: Whiwhi
I riro i ā ia ngā whiwhinga pūtea nō te pāparakāuta – He won the jackpot at the tavern.

Rohi
Translation: Loaf of Bread
Synonyms:
Hokona he peka rohi hei kinaki i ngā kai o te pō – Buy a loaf of bread to go with our dinner.

Roke
Translation: Defecation / Faeces
Synonyms: Tiko
The dog defecated everywhere inside the house – Kua pokea te whare i ngā roke ā te kuri

Rorotu
Translation: Positive
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.

Rūpahu
Translation: Brag
Synonyms: Takawaha / Takatahi
Kāore he tangata tū atu i a ia mo te rūpahu – There is no better bragger than him.

Tahanga
Translation: Naked / Empty
Synonyms: Kirikau
Titiro ki te wahine tū tahanga rā – Look at that naked woman.

Tahatika
Translation: Riverbank / Shoreline
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.

Tahitahi
Translation: To Sweep / Clear
Synonyms: Ūkuia / Puruma
Tahitahi mai te papa kia mā – Sweep the floor until its clean.

Takapoua
Translation: Tuck In
Synonyms: Kōpeke
Takapoua te hīti kia pai ai te āhua o te moenga – Tuck your sheet in so your bed looks nice.

Tāpokotea
Translation: Elders of Wisdom
Synonyms: Tohunga
E mau ana ngā kōrero tukuiho nei e ngā tāpokotea – It is the elders that hold all the ancient wisdom of knowledge.

Tauā-mōtea
Translation: Head Wreath
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.

Taurangi
Translation: Promise / To Grieve / Unsettled
Synonyms: Oati
Nāku ēnei kupu taurangi i tuku atu – It was I who made the promise.

Tauwhirotanga
Translation: To tend / Care for
Synonyms: Manaaki / Tauawhi / Āwhina
Nga tauwhirotanga ā te Atua ki a koutou katoa – May god above bless and care for you all.

Te Atatuhi
Translation: Moon
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
Translation: Jump
Synonyms: Peke
Tiapu mai ki tēnei taha o te taiapa – Jump over to this side of the fence.


Tītai
Translation: To Throw
Synonyms: Whiua
Tītai atu te pōro ki a ia – Throw the ball over to her/him.

Toitupu
Translation: Source
Synonyms: Pūkaki / Ahunga / Pūtake
Kimihia te toitupu – Find the source

Toretore
Translation: Eye Mucus / Discharge from The Eye
Synonyms: Pīkaru
He toretore kei tō mata, horoingia – There is eye mucus on your eyes, go and wash it.

Toronga
Translation: Branch (of a family lineage) / Distant Relatives / Places visited
Synonyms: Peka / Muka
Koirā ngā toronga o te kaumātua nei – Those are the distant relatives of this elderly person.

Tōrori
Translation: Native Tobacco
Synonyms: Tūpeka
Waiho mā ngā ruruhi ngā tōrori nei e momi – Leave It to the Nannies to smoke.

Tuke
Translation: Elbow
Synonyms: Whatianga / Tuke Tuke
Kua mamae ōku tuke – My elbows hurt.

Tukemata
Translation: Eyebrows
Synonyms: Pewa / Kape
Kimokimo haere ana ngā tukemata ā Turongo ki a Mahinaarangi – Turongo looked immensely at Mahinaarangi with his eyebrows raised

Tūtakingia
Translation: To Close / Shut
Synonyms: Kapi / Kati
Tūtakingia te matapihi –



Close the window

Uea
Translation: To Clear a Path
Synonyms: Whakawātea
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.

Uekaha
Translation: Vigorous / Strong
Synonyms: Pakari / Kaha
Kia uekaha te tū e hoa mā – Stand vigorously my friends.

Ueue
Translation: To Shake / Vibrate
Synonyms: Ngāueue / Hīoioi / Rūrū
E ueue ana tō wāea pūkoro – Your cellphone is vibrating.

Uhunga
Translation: Funeral / Burial
Synonyms: Tangihanga / Nehu
He uhunga kei te Marae? – Is there a funeral at the Marae?

Utauta
Translation: Dishes
Synonyms: Rīhi
Horoia ngā utauta – Wash the dishes.

Uwhiuwhi
Translation: To Shower / Sprinkle
Synonyms: Tāuhiuhi / Tūāua / Horoi
Haere koe ki te uwhiuwhi – Go and have a shower.

Wāka
Translation: Walk
Synonyms: Whikoi
Me wāka koutou ki te kura – You can all walk to school.

Warea
Translation: Overcome with / Overpower / affected
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.

Wehiwehi
Translation: Fearful / Fear / Dread
Synonyms: Mataku
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.

Werowero
Translation: Sun
Synonyms: Tamanui i-te-rā
Nā Maui te werowero i whakapōturi – Maui was the one who slowed the sun down.

Whaitanga
Translation: Pursuit / Goal / Aim
Synonyms: Whāinga
He noho hei kaiwhakahaere pākihi tētēhi ō ngōku whaitanga nui – One of my biggest goals is to become a business owner.

Whakamārō
Translation: Stiffen / Tighten / Flex
Synonyms: Mākiri / Tāwariwari / Whakawhena
Whakamārō mai i o maihara – Flex your muscles.

Whakapākanga
Translation: Youngest child
Synonyms: Pōtiki
Ko au te whakapākanga o te whānau – I am the youngest child of the family.


Whāki
Translation: Tell on / Confess / Admit / Inform
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.


Whānako
Translation: Steal
Synonyms: Tāhae
Kua whānakohia ngā kī ō tōku waka – The keys to my car have been stolen.

Whara
Translation: Injured / Hurt
Synonyms: Mamae / Pākikini / Uruhua
Ka taka au I te rākau ka whara ōku waewae – I fell off a tree and hurt my legs.

Wharowharo
Translation: Cold/Cough
Synonyms: Maremare
Kua pāngia ahau i te mate wharowharo – I have caught the flu.

Whatitoka
Translation: Door
Synonyms: Kūaha / Tatau
Tūtakingia te whatitoka – Close the door.


Whatu-karaha
Translation: Glasses
Synonyms: Mōwhiti
Whakamaua I ngō whatu-karaha – Wear your glasses.

Whawhaki
Translation: Pluck
Synonyms: Katokato / Huhuti
Kaua koe e whawhaki ngā Putiputi, kei riri mai a ruruhi – Don’t pluck those flowers or nan will get mad.

Whorō
Translation: Floor / Ground
Synonyms: Papa / Pae / Puroa
Kaua koe e makangia ō kākāhu ki te whorō – Don’t throw your clothes on the floor.

Wini Raro
Translation: Northerly Wind
Synonyms: Hauraro
Waiho mā ngā hau o wini raro koutou e arataki – Let the northerly winds be your guide.