He momo rongoā te hīkoi. Walking is good for the soul.  #walktowork #thepinnacles #climbingmountains #walkmonth #ilovewalking #hiking #coromandelforest #kupuotewiki #wordoftheweek #tereo #Māori #toirēhia

He momo rongoā te hīkoi.

The koromiko (New Zealand willow) is a common shrub which can be found throughout the North Island. During World War II it was sent by relatives to the Māori battalion to help relieve dysentery and diarrhoea which was a common affliction during war time. Kupu o te wiki: rongoa. Remedy/medicine. #toitangata #kupuotewiki #wordoftheweek #tereo #Māori #waiwhetū #rongoa #naturalmedicine

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When hunting wheke (octopus), they can put up a fight; but if you grab them by the head, they instantly become limp and lifeless. Our tupuna sees wheke as creatures who give up easily, hence our word for “give up” is “mate wheke”, or “mate tarakihi” (a fish that doesn't put up much of a fight when caught on a line). The opposite of “mate wheke” is “mate ururoa”, which is dying like the great white shark, who fights to the very end. Kupu o te wiki: kaua e mate wheke. Don't give up…

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Kei te whakarau kakai te hunga nei mō te kaupapa ‘mū tōrere'. They are in deep discussion regarding ‘mū tōrere’.   ‘Whakarau kakai’ means to to consider at length, debate, or deliberate. Our kaimahi Hariata and interns Tu and Debs are discussing strategic tactics prior to a round of mū tōrere. Only quick witted and smart people people excel at these kind of games... at least, they are supposed to. Learn more about mū tōrere here: http://bit.ly/2mK27dX #tehenga #bethellsbeach #mūtōrere…

Kei te whakarau kakai te hunga nei mō te kaupapa ‘mū tōrere'. They are in deep discussion regarding ‘mū tōrere’. ‘Whakarau kakai’ means to to consider at length, debate, or deliberate. Our kaimahi Hariata and interns Tu and Debs are discussing strategic tactics prior to a round of mū tōrere. Only quick witted and smart people people excel at these kind of games... at least, they are supposed to. Learn more about mū tōrere here: http://bit.ly/2mK27dX #tehenga #bethellsbeach #mūtōrere…

Me haere tātou mā tērā kōwhao rahi kia puta tātou ki tua. Let’s go through that large hole so we can get to the other side. Kupu o te wiki: kōwhao. Hole. #toitangata #kupuotewiki #wordoftheweek #tereomāori #toitekupu

Me haere tātou mā tērā kōwhao rahi kia puta tātou ki tua. Let’s go through that large hole so we can get to the other side. Kupu o te wiki: kōwhao.

“Kāore e tua atu i te mahi eke ngaru i mua tata tonu i te parakuihi.” There is nothing better than catching a few waves just before breakfast. Kupu o te wiki: eke ngaru. To surf. #toitangata #kupuotewiki #wordoftheweek #tereo #Māori #ekengaru #surfing #summerishere

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Karengo, parengo, rimurapa, rimu, rimurimu. All words for seaweed but there can be only one kupu of the week. Kupu of te wiki: rimurimu. Seaweed. #toitangata #kupuotewiki #wordoftheweek #tereo #Māori #toitekupu #rimurimu #kaimoana #diving #seaweed #getinmyhangi #foodofthefuture #gettingdinner #gatheringfood #organic

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You don’t always need fancy equipment to get a good workout. The kupu o te wiki is ‘tāruarua’, which means repetition, but you can shorten it to tā. The next time you and your hauora crew are working at it, give them some encouragement and say, “Kia kōtahi ano te tā”. Just one more rep! #diyworkout #diywod #barefeet #outdoorworkout #mangawhai #kupuotewiki #wordoftheweek #tereo #māori #toirēhia #earningthatswimafter #weirdneighbours

You don’t always need fancy equipment to get a good workout. The kupu o te wiki is ‘tāruarua’, which means repetition, but you can shorten it to tā. The next time you and your hauora crew are working at it, give them some encouragement and say, “Kia kōtahi ano te tā”. Just one more rep! #diyworkout #diywod #barefeet #outdoorworkout #mangawhai #kupuotewiki #wordoftheweek #tereo #māori #toirēhia #earningthatswimafter #weirdneighbours

Ka haumanutia tātou e te Rēhia. The art of leisure. Our team is lucky enough to be able to experience some serious adventures together like getting together in Rotorua and giving the Redwoods Whakarewarewa Forest Bike trails a crack. This forest boasts some of the oldest trails in the country with trails for beginners, intermediate, and advanced riders. Our kaimahi Ora shows us the meaning of “Ka haumanutia tātou e te Rēhia,” being swept away by the pursuit of joy and fun.

Ka haumanutia tātou e te Rēhia. The art of leisure. Our team is lucky enough to be able to experience some serious adventures together like getting together in Rotorua and giving the Redwoods Whakarewarewa Forest Bike trails a crack. This forest boasts some of the oldest trails in the country with trails for beginners, intermediate, and advanced riders. Our kaimahi Ora shows us the meaning of “Ka haumanutia tātou e te Rēhia,” being swept away by the pursuit of joy and fun.

Aue! Kua pau te hau.  Oh heck, I’m puffed.    Have you tried the Rimutaka cycle trail? What a wero! We covered a whole range of terrain: road, gravel, rocks, sand and even river crossings. Those uphills though… Not only were we feeling out of breath, we also had a few tyres left out of air. Lucky we came prepared with spare tyres and bike pumps.

Aue! Kua pau te hau. Oh heck, I’m puffed. Have you tried the Rimutaka cycle trail? What a wero! We covered a whole range of terrain: road, gravel, rocks, sand and even river crossings. Those uphills though… Not only were we feeling out of breath, we also had a few tyres left out of air. Lucky we came prepared with spare tyres and bike pumps.

Ma te paihikara tātou o toi i haere ai, ma hea koutou?   Haere ma te paihikara.  Go by bike.

Ma te paihikara tātou o toi i haere ai, ma hea koutou? Haere ma te paihikara. Go by bike.

Hei aha te hohorotanga. Ko te mea nui kia eke i tō paihikara! Karawhiua! Don’t worry about speed. It’s about getting on your bike. Go for it! The team at Toi Tangata has signed up for the Aotearoa Bike Challenge. Together, our team will be clocking in a ride everyday for the entire month. Will you join the wero? Kupu o te wiki: karawhiua. Go for it. Check out the Aotearoa Bike Challenge at https://www.lovetoride.net/nz. #toitangata #kupuotewiki #wordoftheweek #tereo #Māori #upnorth…

Hei aha te hohorotanga. Ko te mea nui kia eke i tō paihikara! Karawhiua! Don’t worry about speed. It’s about getting on your bike. Go for it! The team at Toi Tangata has signed up for the Aotearoa Bike Challenge. Together, our team will be clocking in a ride everyday for the entire month. Will you join the wero? Kupu o te wiki: karawhiua. Go for it. Check out the Aotearoa Bike Challenge at https://www.lovetoride.net/nz. #toitangata #kupuotewiki #wordoftheweek #tereo #Māori #upnorth…

Nā te umu nei i Temuka, ka puta mai i te kakara o te kai moana, o te tuna, o te tītī, o te kōwhitiwhiti. While lifting the umu in Temuka, the delectable aroma of seafood, eel, mutton bird and watercress permeates the air. Whilst adventuring in Temuka, expert Karl Russell is in charge as he and Mason lift the umu. Learning about the umu is appropriate mahi in Temuka as this small town also goes by the name of Te Umu Kaha: “the strong oven”. Kupu o te wiki: umu. Oven.

Nā te umu nei i Temuka, ka puta mai i te kakara o te kai moana, o te tuna, o te tītī, o te kōwhitiwhiti. While lifting the umu in Temuka, the delectable aroma of seafood, eel, mutton bird and watercress permeates the air. Whilst adventuring in Temuka, expert Karl Russell is in charge as he and Mason lift the umu. Learning about the umu is appropriate mahi in Temuka as this small town also goes by the name of Te Umu Kaha: “the strong oven”. Kupu o te wiki: umu. Oven.

What’s going on your Christmas table? “Kohia ngā mātaitai kia pūrena ai tā tātou pākete. Kāti, ka nui mō te kai.” Gather the shellfish so that our bucket is full to the brim. Now we have enough for a feed. Kupu o te wiki: mātaitai. Shellfish. #toitangata #kupuotewiki #wordoftheweek #tereomāori #mātaitai #seafood #toitekupu #pāua #abalone #shellfish #seafood #christmastime #pāuagetinmypākete

What’s going on your Christmas table? “Kohia ngā mātaitai kia pūrena ai tā tātou pākete. Kāti, ka nui mō te kai.” Gather the shellfish so that our bucket is full to the brim. Now we have enough for a feed. Kupu o te wiki: mātaitai. Shellfish. #toitangata #kupuotewiki #wordoftheweek #tereomāori #mātaitai #seafood #toitekupu #pāua #abalone #shellfish #seafood #christmastime #pāuagetinmypākete

rū = to shake or tremble rū whenua = earthquake  One of our most famous waiata is, E karanga e te iwi e. Its final verse, “Rū ana te whenua, whati whati hī!,” is a reference to our intense emotions which are entwined with the emotions of our earthquaking landmass. 'Whati whati' refers to the waves that are produced from such emotions. A very apt response indeed. #toitangata #kupuotewiki #wordoftheweek #tereo #Māori #earthquake #NewZealand #kaikoura

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This kīwaha is a shortened version of the whakatauākī, ‘Ehara mā te waewae tūtuki. Mā te ūpoko pakaru, A stubbed toe will never stop us, but perhaps a split head would’, which refers to Rangitihi who had his head split open during battle yet continued fighting. At our Atua Matua wānanga ki Waiwhetū, the team clocked over 100km mountain biking over challenging terrain: gravel, sand, rocks, rivers and even dark tunnels. Kupu o te wiki: Ūpoko pakaru te karawhiu! Go hard!

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