Roro: the front end of the meeting house, porch
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
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
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.
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)
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
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.