My First Te Reo – whakakeke, hāngū


Cris and Cru Kahui are hangu

Cris and Cru Kahui are hāngū now.

(verb) to refrain from speaking, be silent, sulk.


(stative) be dumb, quiet, incommunicative, not talkative, silent, taciturn, passive.

Modern usage:

The whanau wishes Cris and Cru would be hāngū.

The whānau wants someone to make Cris and Cru hāngū.

The Police want to know what happened to Cris and Cru but the whanau has elected to remain whakakeke.

Maori leaders want New Zealand to save their language but remain whakakeke on the appalling statistics of the abuse of their tamariki.

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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.  And 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.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.