Whakarongo mai.  Listen up!  It’s Māori language week.  This year the theme is “Te Reo i te Kāinga – Māori Language in the Home.”  So here are a couple of useful words to add to your huinga kupu (vocabulary).

hōhā – (1) be boring, bored, wearisome, tired or fed up with  (2) nuisance.  “My little brother is hōhā “. I also have it on good authority that it can be used with angsty parents, as in,  ” Mum, don’t be so hōhā!”

turituri – shut upNot to be said to your elders!

So there you have it. Two new kupu to try on your whānau.

Te Wiki o te Reo Māori 2008 – karawhiua mai! (Māori language week 2008 – bring it on!)