Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori, kupu of the day: auaha

Nau mai! On day four (wha) of our exploration of maker-related kupu for Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori, we’re looking at a powerful word for makers, one which can be used as a noun, verb or modifier:

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auaha
1. (verb) (-hia,-ngia,-tia) to shape, create, form, fashion.
Whakamahia anō ngā angaanga hei kanohi mō ngā whakairo. Ko te kōngutu o te angaanga ka auahatia hei mahi pā kahawai. (Te Ara 2012.) The shells are used for the eyes in carvings, and the lip of the shell was fashioned into a fishing lure.
2. (modifier) creative, innovative.
3. (noun) shape, form.
4. (noun) creation, formation.
(Definition courtesy of Te Aka Māori-English, English-Māori Dictionary.)

We could present just about every handcrafted piece on Felt when we talk about creation, formation and innovation – but here are just a few pieces we thought encapsulated this kupu well:

Tino pai! Check in again āpōpō for the last of our Māori Language Week series of maker-related kupu and beautiful handmade taonga. Ka kite anō!

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2 Responses to “Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori, kupu of the day: auaha”

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  2. Lara Hopwood says:

    I feel honoured that my work has appeared with such other fine designs to demonstrate our desire to auaha.

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