- Tavake – the red tailed tropicbird (Phaeton rubricauda). Photo by G. McCormack.
1. Red-tailed Tropic bird (Phaethon rubricauda).
Kua ‘akamānea‘ia tōna pare ki te ‘iku tavake.
His hat was decorated with tropic-bird’s tail-feathers.
Tavake ‘iku-tea, White-tailed Tropic bird.
2. Large variety of breadfruit with long-fingered leaves and fruit that resembles the kuru patea.
‘E tavake tēnā kuru.
That breadfruit is a tavake.
Another meaning is “sayings”. Numerous toto’u (sayings) [New Zealand Māori whakataukï], identifying the connectedness of particular mountains, rivers or lakes, tribes and people, are constantly invoked to reaffirm ‘anau tangata or ‘uānga tangata between people and their lands.
tutungi, (-a, -‘ia, tūngia). Set fire to, kindle, light (match, lamp, cigarette, etc.).
Kua tutungi ‘aia i te ‘are kī kau.
He set fire to the thatched house;
Kua tūngia te tāruta tī tā.
The rubbish heap was set fire to;
E tutungi i te māti kia kitea te ara.
Light a match to see the way;
Tēia te māti ‘ei tutungi i tō ‘ava‘ava.
Here is a match to light your cigarette with;
Nō te matangi i kore ei i kā tāna ‘ava‘ava i tōna tutungi‘anga mua i te mati.
It was so windy he couldn’t get his cigarette going with the first match;
Tūngia te mōrī
. Light the lamp.
tutu‘i, v.i. Wince, flinch, strain.
Nō te mamae nō reira ‘aia i tutu‘i ei.
It hurt, that’s why he winced;
Kua rongo au iāia i te tutu‘i‘anga,‘inārā kia tae atu au,tē mou ‘uā ra ‘aia i tōna kōpū.
I heard him gasp with pain, and when I got there he was holding his stomach.
1. Bump against, knock into, touch (involuntarily).
‘Auraka rava koe kia tutuki ‘ua atu ki tēta‘i o teia au niuniu ora.
You must on no account brush against any of these live wires;
Kua tutuki tōna vaevae ki runga i te toka ē kua ma‘ore.
He banged his foot on a stone and took the skin off.
2. Strike, smite (of pain).
Kua tūkia taua va‘inē ra e te mamae ‘ānau.
That woman was hit by labour pains.
3. Reach (of news, etc.).
Kua tutuki taua tuatuā ra ki te au ‘ōire rava rāi.
The news reached all the villages.
tutupu, intens. tupu. Grow well, luxuriantly or rapidly, flourish; fast-growing, etc.
Kua tutupu te rākau.
The tree grew luxuriantly;
‘E tī tā tutupu ‘ua, nō ātu ē ‘ea‘a te tū o te one.
It is a fast-growing (rank) weed in any type of soil;
Kua tutupu taua ‘akakoro‘anga.
The business flourished.
tuturi, v.i. Kneel.
Kua tuturi ‘aia ki mua i te ‘atarau ē kua pure.
He knelt before the altar and prayed.
tuturu. Leak (of containers, etc.), to let water in; leaky.
Tē tuturu ‘ua nei teia poti.
This boat is leaking;
Ko te au ngā‘i tuturu o te ‘are tei tī vae‘ia.
The leaks in the house have been patched over;
Nō te tuturu i taua vakā ra i patea ai.
The boat was caulked with putty because it was leaking.
tū‘ua, n. Type of sea-eel, light brown in colour, swims with head out of water.
‘E tū‘ua tēnā ‘ā‘ā, ‘auraka e pātia.
That sea eel is a tū‘ua, don’t spear it.
tūtū‘a, tūtu‘a, tūtunga. Flea (on cat or dog), sandflea; flea-ridden, etc.
Kua kī tēnā puakaoa i te tūtunga.
That dog is full of (crawling with) fleas;
Tē ko‘i tūtungā ra ‘aia i runga i te kiore ngiāo.
She is picking fleas off the cat;
‘Apaina atu tā‘au puakaoa tūtunga.
Take your flea-ridden dog away.
tūtī , n. Candlenut = tuitui, q.v.
‘E tūtī tō rāua tūrama inapō.
They had candlenuts for lighting last night.
1. Board or wooden anvil on which tapa used to be beaten.
‘E tutunga ta‘ito tēnā.
That is an old tapa board.
2. Board on which mats are plaited.
Tē ma‘ani tutungā ra ‘aia, ‘e miro te rākau.
He is making a plaiting board, the wood is miro
tūto‘u, tī to‘u (-a, -‘ia, -na). Dip something in a liquid.
Kua tūto‘u ‘aia i tōna rima ki roto i te kapu vai.
He dipped his finger in the cup of water;
Tūto‘ua tō ika ki te tai ‘akari kā kai ei.
Dip your fish in the coconut sauce before you eat it;
‘E tai tūto‘u ika mata tēnā nāna.
That sauce is for him to dip the raw fish in;
‘Ea‘a ‘aia i tūto‘u ei i tōna ūpoko ki roto i te vai?
Why did he duck his head in the water?
tutu1, tutututu. Coastal shrub (Colubrina asiatica), leaves formerly used to wash clothes.
‘E tutu te rākau tei ‘inangaro ma‘ata‘ia. A tutu
shrub was badly needed;
‘E rau tutu te pu‘a i tō rātou kākau.
They washed their clothes with
tutu2, n., (Bib.). Badger.
tutū, tūtū, fq. tū. Stand up, stand erect. Kua tutū rātou ki runga ē kua ‘ōake i te no‘o‘anga nō te manu‘iri. They stood up and gave their seats to the guests;
Kua tutū te ‘uru o te toa puaka i te ‘ae‘anga.
The boar’s hair bristled up in anger;
Kua tutū tōku rouru.
My hair stood on end;
Nō te tutū i tōna rauru,nō reira kua pani ‘aia ki te ‘akari kia papa. Because his hair would stick up, he put some coconut oil on to keep it down; Kiritia tērā au tumu rākau tutū ‘aere.
Pull out those stumps that are sticking up.
tūtu, n. Suit.
E ‘a‘ao ‘ei tūtu reureu.
You must wear a grey suit.
tūtū1, (-a, -‘ia). Spread (tidings), announce (news), preach (Gospel).
Kia matakite i te tūtū i tēnā tuatua ki te tangata, ko te ‘aka‘apa‘ia mai koe.
Be careful spreading that story around to people, you might find youself in court (for slander);
Kua ‘aere ‘aia ki tērā ‘enua ē ki tērā ‘enua ē kua tūtū ‘aere i te ‘ī vangeria.
Then he went on from one island to another, preaching the Gospel;
Kua tūtū‘ia taua manakō ra ki te au tangata ravarāi.
Everyone was told about the scheme.
tūtū2, n. Picture, photo, painting, portrait, likeness.
Nō‘ai tēnā tūtū?
Whose photo is that?;
Tē ‘ākarakara tūtū ra rāua.
They are looking at some snaps. Puka tūtū, picturebook, snap album.
1. Rule over.
Kāre e tika iāku kia tūtara ‘aia ki runga ia mātou.
I don’t think it is right that he should rule over us. Ariki tūtara, paramount chief.
‘E ariki tūtara ‘aia i roto ia Tākitumu.
He is paramount chief in Tākitumu.
2. Ruler, master, lord.
Ka pue‘u rikiriki te ‘iti tangata mē riro ake ‘aia ‘ei tūtara.
The clan will disintegrate if he ever becomes head of it;
Kua muteki te au tutara.
The princes were silent (Job 29.9).