Conversations - Expletives - Insults

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about te reo

  • te reo is one of the official languages of new zealand
  • ncea = national certificate in educational achievement (new zealand)
  • nzqa = new zealand qualification authority
  • level 1 = year 10 (circa 15 yr old learners)
  • level 2 = year 11 (circa 16 yr old learners)
  • level 3 = year 11 (circa 17 yr old learners)
  • for details on te reo maori ncea achievement standards [goto nzqa.govt.nz]


te reo conversations - expletives, insults, curses (12 sets of 12 terms)


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1 he kohukohu some expletives, curses 1
2 āhahā bugger! damn! 1
3 anā [tō] kai serves you right 1
4 anā [tō] mokomoko 1
5 ana take that 1
6 atā how horrible! bugger it! - an expression of disgust 1
7 e hōhā ana au i a koe i’ve had enough of you 1
8 e koe nauhea iti you little rascal 1
9 e ngau tuara ana au ki a koe mō … i am backbiting you about … 1
10 harihari kōrero ana mō … i am talking about … (behind their back) 1
11 he aha hoki no way 1
12 he kōhete tonu tana mahi all s/he does is tell people off 1
13 he matapiko tightarse 2
14 he momo (tonu) true to form 2
15 he rite tonu te whakahawea mai a tērā constantly sarcastic 2
16 he waha huka a blow-hard a braggard 2
17 he waha pakaru a blow-hard a braggard 2
18 hei a ia mō te pākiwaha he’s nothing but a boaster/braggard 2
19 hei a ia mō te waha papā he’s nothing but a boaster/braggard 2
20 hinengaro makere scatterbrain 2
21 hōhā ana koe … you’re annoying … 2
22 hoihoi! hush! be quiet! 2
23 i kairiri (whakatake) ia i ā mātou mahi he criticised our work 2
24 ka ngau i te tuara o .. s/he is backbiting 2
25 kai a te ahi fucking bastard! fuckwit! 3
26 kai a te kurī fucking bastard! fuckwit! 3
27 kai hamuti bugger 3
28 kaitoa it serves you right 3
29 kāki mārō! stubborn 3
30 kare he hōhā e tua atu i a koe nobody could be more annoying/boring than you 3
31 kātahi te tangata whakahi ko koe what a conceited man you are 3
32 kātahi te tangata whakakeke ko koe what an obstinate man you are 3
33 kāti te harihari kōrero stop talking behind …’s back 3
34 kaua koe e pākiwaha don’t brag 3
35 kaua koe e waha papā don’t brag 3
36 kua pōrangihia tō pīnati you're out of your mind, you're nuts 3
37 mahia atu! get on and do it then, go on then do it 4
38 māhunga wai dipstick 4
39 paka! bugger 4
40 pokokōhua! fucking hell 4
41 pōkokōhua! fucking hell 4
42 pōkōtiwha! fucking hell 4
43 purari paka damn, bugger 4
44 taringa mārō! dogmatic 4
45 tētahi tangata kōhete what a sourpuss 4
46 tino teka noa iho biggest lier 4
47 tō hamuti! you shit 4
48 to hōhā! / hoihoi! what a bore! 4
49 tō hōhā! i'm fed up with you 5
50 tō ihu don’t be nosy 5
51 tō kai! tō kai! 5
52 tō meho! stuff [you]! 5
53 tō pārōpārō! you little squirt 5
54 tō poro tūtae! you little shit 5
55 tō tenetene! you c##t 5
56 tō tou! you arse hole 5
57 tō waha don’t interfere 5
58 tōna ora he pīnono bludger 5
59 ūpoko mārō! bigot 5
60 wetiweti katoa au i'm totally disgusted 5
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