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.
If you have any words or phrases you would like to see on Tāwharanui, please email email@example.com with the subject: Tāwharanui, and your suggestion. Please include a definition, example and origins of the words or phrases.
Search a Maori or English word
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.