My first Te Reo – pōhara, whairawa

pōharaState housing in South Auckland

(loan) (stative) be poor, poverty-stricken, broke, hard up, destitute, impoverished.

whairawa

(stative) be rich, wealthy.

Modern usage:

The government has paid billions in treaty settlements but many pori are still pōhara.

The settlements have delivered them nothing, they are still pōhara.

Meanwhile the lawyers and iwi leaders have become whairawa.

As their iwi remain pōhara so they have become whairawa.

This is called honouring te tiriti.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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