My First Te Reo – Kotānga

Challeged by Tau Henare to do my bit for saving what Maori can’t be bothered saving for themselves, and given that the NZEI union now wants Te Reo as a compulsory subject in schols I thought I would start a new series here on Whale Oil Beef Hooked.

Today’s Te Reo word is Kotānga (n)

Kotānga = car aerial

Examples of modern usage:

Some mo-fo broke off the aerial so I replaced with a Kotānga, it works choice bro. Chur.

The Kotānga is wobbly bro, stick some more duct tape  around it. chur bro.

The car stereo won’t go bro, no aerial….Stick a Kotānga in there you fuckin’ egg, that’ll fix it bro.

See! A Kotānga works thereifixedit, chur bro.

Kotānga - Te Reo (Maori) for Car Aerial


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