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: 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.