1. n. Fishing net.
Kā tā tātou i teia kupenga kia oti, tē vaitata mai nei ngā rā e no‘o ei te kanae ki runga i te tukunga.
Let’s finish off making this net, it‘ll soon be time for the mullet to appear on the fishing ground;
Kua ‘apai rātou i te tapu o te kupenga i te pōpongi ē i muri ake kua kave rātou i te kai vā‘ine.
They held the first ceremonial dipping of the new net in the morning and later on they held the second series of casts;
E vao‘o nā te tangata kupenga.
Leave them (the extra fish) for the owner of the net;
‘Oea mai tēnā ngā vaka kupenga kia uta‘ia atu te kupenga.
Paddle your two net-carrying canoes up here and take the net away over to there;
Ka ‘aere mātou ka ‘ono‘ono kupenga.
We must go and mend the meshes;
rākau pātia kupenga,
stakes over which the net is draped for drying.
2. v.i. Fish with net.
Ka ‘aere tātou ka kupenga.
Let’s go fishing with the nets. [Pn. *kupe”a.]