Thursday’s quiz

1. What does He aha te mea nui? He tangata. He tangata. He tangata mean?

2. What is a tīwaiwaka?

3. Who were the earth mother and sky father?

4. What do katau and mauī mean?

5. Do you have a tūrangawaewae?

5 Responses to Thursday’s quiz

  1. Andrei says:

    Maori language week – I’m not a monoglot of course but this has me stumped.


  2. Paranormal says:

    1. No idea
    2. the type of canoe Robert Guyton paddles around Bluff?
    5. Arohena


  3. robertguyton says:

    Google will tell you, though I didn’t use it:
    What’s the most important thing? The people, the people, the people.
    It’s a fantail. Piwaiwaka, usually.
    Left and right (maui=left=handed=the trickster=sinister)
    Ranginui and Papatuanuku
    Yes, I do. Tahunanui.
    Btw – paranormal, it’s Motupohue, not Bluff and tiwai, as in Tiwai Aluminium Smelters = canoe = waka of sorts.


  4. robertguyton says:

    tatau = katau
    tiwaiwaka = piwakawaka
    (I can be pedantic)


  5. homepaddock says:

    I thought it was pīwakawaka but checked at and found tiwaiwaka.

    Had I read further down I’d have come across pīwakawaka (and pīwaiwaka) too.


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