Te Kupu o te Wiki – The Word of the Week

Kia ora. To celebrate Te Reo Māori we are publishing kupu (words).

Kīwaha (colloquialism)

Kua hora a pou matua.
Tea is ready.

Kupu (word)

ngutu
lips

Tuia ōu ngutu!
Zip your lips!

 

Maori

4 thoughts on “Te Kupu o te Wiki – The Word of the Week

  1. Gallivanta 16 March 2015 / 12:39 pm

    Is this tea as in cup of tea or tea as in evening meal?

    • Vanessaccl 17 March 2015 / 10:12 am

      Good question, Gallivanta! I’ll check with our Māori team and let you know.

      • Vanessaccl 17 March 2015 / 11:46 am

        Hello again, Gallivanta,

        The answer is tea as in evening meal. Corban explains: “Kua hora is to be spread out (usually on a flat surface) and a pou matua is an expression used to describe one’s sustenance.”

        Hope this helps 🙂

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