My First Te Reo – tupeka, hikarete, pūahi


(loan) (noun) tobacco.


(loan) (noun) cigarette.


(noun) cigarette lighter.

Modern Usage:

The Maori party want to ban the word tupeka.

They hope that their people will then stop using the pūahi to light up their hikareti.

Using this approach the maori party will also seek to ban the words tūkino, kōhuru, apuapu and waipiro.

That will stop the child abuse, the murder, obesity and alcoholism in Maori for sure.

That will fix it bro, ban them nasty words that make our people suffer.

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