Nga Kupu mutunga – Marae words.

27 06 2009

Roro: the front end of the meeting house, porch

roro
Haere ki te roro o te whare.
Go to the front of the house.
Me kuhu atu koe ki te roro o te whare i muri mai o tētahi pōwhiri.
You should enter through the entrance of the meeting house following a welcoming ceremony.

harirū(tia): to shake, shake hands

hariru

Kāore tātou e harirū, ka hongi kē.
We won’t shake hands, we’ll press noses instead. (negative verbal sentence)

Ā muri i ngā kōrero, ka harirū ā ka hongi ngā rōpū e rua.
After the speeches, the two groups will shake hands and press noses. (active sentence)

 

koruru: carved head at the apex of the meeting house

koruru

Ko te koruru te ūpoko o te tipuna o te wharenui.
The koruru is the head of the ancestor of the meeting house.
– this is an example of a definite sentence.

 

raparapa: extension of the barge boards of the meeting house.

raparapa1  raparapa ends
Ko te raparapa ngā matimati o ngā maihi.
The raparapa are the fingers of the maihi.
– this is an example of a definite sentence
Mā ngā kaiwhakatāpoi e āta titiro ngā raparapa, kāore rātou e waia ana ki tēnei.
The tourists will examine the raparapa, this is not something they are used to.

maihi: barge boards of the meeting house (gables)

maihi gables
Kei mua ngā maihi i te tuanui o te wharenui.
The maihi (barge boards) are facing the front on the roof of the meeting house.
– this is an example of a locative sentence
He rite tonu ngā maihi o te whare ki ngā ringa o te tangata e torotoro ana.
The maihi are like outstretched arms of a person.

 

wero(hia): to challenge (referring to traditional welcome to visitors), a challenge

wero

I wero te toa i te manuhiri.
The warrior challenged the visitors.
– this is an example of an active sentence

He wero tērā nā ngā tāngata whenua.
That is a challenge from the people of the marae.
– this is an example of an indefinite sentence

I ētahi wā ka werohia ngā manuhiri ki ngā pōwhiri.
Sometimes visitors will be challenged at welcoming ceremonies.
– this is an example of a passive sentence.

We have finished our topic on the marae.


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