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: 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.