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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There are currently 21 names in this directory beginning with the letter M.
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.