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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Titiro ki te wahine tū tahanga rā – Look at that naked woman.
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.
Synonyms: Ūkuia / Puruma
Tahitahi mai te papa kia mā – Sweep the floor until its clean.
Takapoua te hīti kia pai ai te āhua o te moenga – Tuck your sheet in so your bed looks nice.
E mau ana ngā kōrero tukuiho nei e ngā tāpokotea – It is the elders that hold all the ancient wisdom of knowledge.
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.
Nāku ēnei kupu taurangi i tuku atu – It was I who made the promise.
Synonyms: Manaaki / Tauawhi / Āwhina
Nga tauwhirotanga ā te Atua ki a koutou katoa – May god above bless and care for you all.
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 mai ki tēnei taha o te taiapa – Jump over to this side of the fence.
Tītai atu te pōro ki a ia – Throw the ball over to her/him.
He toretore kei tō mata, horoingia – There is eye mucus on your eyes, go and wash it.
Synonyms: Peka / Muka
Koirā ngā toronga o te kaumātua nei – Those are the distant relatives of this elderly person.
Waiho mā ngā ruruhi ngā tōrori nei e momi – Leave It to the Nannies to smoke.
Synonyms: Pewa / Kape
Kimokimo haere ana ngā tukemata ā Turongo ki a Mahinaarangi – Turongo looked immensely at Mahinaarangi with his eyebrows raised