My first Te Reo – Whiu


1. (verb) (-a) to toss, throw, fling, drive (animals, etc.), herd, put, place, wield.


(verb) to throw.  

Modern usage:

See Uncle Wiremu whiu Baby Nia.

He sends her through the air.

He is korowhiu her now.

He whiu her on the roof.

He has korowhiu her in the dryer.


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  • LionKing

    No doubt Uncle Wiremu drove his ko holden re waka (my waka is my holden) to the pub so he could claim ko local pub te hapu (my sub tribe is the local pub) while smoking tupeka (tobacco). Kapai bro

  • Mr Sackunkrak

    That’ll wind Rangi up no end.

    • Mr_Blobby

      Where is Ranki is is after 1pm.

      • Mr Sackunkrak

        I think I’ve found his Kryptonite.

      • Travis Poulson

        Swapping a crate.

  • StacyMcNaught

    I get where you are going with this stuff, and in principal I agree with the point you are making, but I can’t help wondering how this differs from the shit the majority of us give to the teachers when they parade out kids to prove a point (albeit a weak point). In this case, referring to and showing picture of a dead child appears, to me, to be doing a similar thing. Perhaps I am looking at this the wrong way?

    • Muffin

      Yes but whale isnt trying to keep the status quo, he wants it to change, with the teachers unions they just want to keep their positions of power.

      • StacyMcNaught

        Yep, I don’t disagree at all. The point remains the same though, its not what is being said that got my attention, its how it is being said, with children to emphasise a point.

        • Travis Poulson

          For the record for all those that accuse me of being a sycophant/lapdog/attack porpoise/sock puppet: some things are off limits for me, and this post crosses my own personal boundaries and while I agree with the message being delivered, I disagree with the method of using the photograph of a dead child and the way the name is used in the meanings.

          Just because it’s on the blog doesn’t mean I necessarily agree with it. Having said that, its not my blog or decision, it is Cams choice to post what he wants.

          • StacyMcNaught

            Did the boss down vote you for that?

          • Travis Poulson

            He usually puts his down votes into words.

  • Kahu

    Getting a bit desperate for page views then?

    • Magoo

      Or perhaps everyone is getting desperate about Maori killing their kids by putting them in the dryer, spinning them on the clothes line, smashing their heads together, and bashing them to death. Some people like to sweep it under the carpet as Maori bashing to avoid the truth, others expose it for the brutal truth it is in an attempt to shame Maori society into taking responsibility for the murder perpetrated on their defenseless children.

      What sort of a culture stands around idly while their children are bashed to death on a consistent basis, and what sort of a person would accuse an attempt to bring about change through awareness as a ‘desperate for page views’?

      • Rex Widerstrom

        Yes, we’ve just had some black bastard do exactly the same thing over here…

        Oh wait, wrong colour.

        Could it be there are common factors linking child abusers that have nothing to do with skin colour?! Low incomes (note: I am not blaming poverty for child abuse, not when I’ve been a beneficiary and raised four children on it at one point without harming any of them); poor education; and most importantly, crap parenting for the generation before.

        I already know at least one child who’s going to grow into some form of criminal. His mother’s a speed junkie, four kids to three different fathers and a fifth on the way to goodness-knows-who. She’ll openly tell anyone who’ll listen that she “likes the drugs too much” to stop taking them and raise her children, so the boy is shoved from absent father to greedy grandmother (who takes him in for the benefit money till his behaviour makes her kick him to the kerb again).

        He’s barely 12 and he’s already sexually molesting other children, assaulting adults and children alike, and roaming the streets. Occasionally the child he was will emerge, usually when speaking to my friend (who, unwisely, fathered the third child to this woman and has been trying for five years to gain custody in the Family Court), saying “You’re the only one who treats us good, I wish I could live with you”.

        Of course it’s unthinkable for the state to forcibly remove children nowadays. In Australia there is much – well-deserved – guilt over the Stolen Generation of children who were taken from their parents solely because they were black, which is blinding many Australians to this need. But NZ has no such history, and no such excuse for failing to save young lives, only its blind adherence to political correctness.

        • Pissedoffyouth

          All cultures have trash, Rex.

          However in NZ we have entire large families such as the Kahui’s who form a big silent shell and refuse to co-operate with police.

          It happens all the time – one of the family does something heinous like kill a baby (or two in the Kahui example) or rape a teenager and none of the family will even say a word. You would think that kids dying would make someone want to punish who did it but being a nark just isn’t the way for some people here.

          And that needs to change, and for every single Maori who stands up against the violence, smoking drinking and drugs I commend you.

          The biggest problem is the lack of male role models for boys in NZ regardless of race. If you have no wise, strong respected man telling you how to use your strength and emotions in positive ways of course you will flip out or start doing drugs.

          • Rex Widerstrom

            Yeah, I’m not generally in favour of dobbing – Big Brother has enough electronic snoops watching our every move without incentivising organic ones to peer through our curtains and file (often malicious) reports on us. But you would think the line would be drawn at harming children.
            In my day (he says, showing he may be pissed off but is far from youth) criminals had a sense of decency. The code of silence would be maintained for a bit of petty larceny, but harm a child or an elderly person and there’d be a queue of those “known to police” lining up to offer what information they could, and no one thinking the less of them for it.
            It wasn’t staunch to hide a child murderer, it was scummy.
            You’re dead right though, there’s no positive male role models. I’m presently in a primarily Aboriginal town with a population of less than 2,000, yet it supports its own maximum security prison just up the road. Wander the streets and the only males you see are children, teenagers, or the elderly – the rest are locked away. Here it’s because of over-policing – the cops recently scooped up one role model I was cultivating, and had employed, for something he allegedly did over a decade ago when he was young and foolish (a victimless crime – just allegedly threatening police when he was drunk).
            They then opposed bail, leaving me without a replacement and the town’s youth without virtually the sole middle aged male they could look up to.
            As a result, crime – burglaries, vandalism, throwing rocks at cars – has escalated. And yes, I am suggesting one strong male role model can make that sort of difference.
            But there’s not that level of over-policing in NZ… sadly it’s just a generation of men with no respect for themselves or love for their kids. That’s why I advocate for intervention in the lives of our young people, the “rights” of their ineffectual parents be damned.

  • johnbronkhorst

    Cam you have perhaps, over emphasised the point, but sometimes people need a good slap about the side of the head, before the wake up!!!

  • williamabong

    When Rangi shows up, which will be soon, can you get him to answer my questions from yesterday

    • parorchestia

      He has to wake up yet. And he doesn’t answer questions or gives answers that are based on a belief in entitlement and cargo cultism.

      • williamabong

        Poor old Rangi, all the answers unless they involve directly answering a relevant question, and for that reason alone I will call him out on the bullshit he spouts.

    • Time For Accountability

      Its a bit too early in the day.

      Its Thursday – benefit day – it is probably the day Rangi becomes a responsible tax paying citizen who helps pay for the welfare system, roads and hospitals via the tax deducted from the benefit.

      • peterwn

        Ha ha! The only reason benefits are taxable, is it makes benefit and tax administration easier where someone receives other income apart from a benefit (eg NZ super, top-up’s etc). The government could pay benefits tax-free but would need a mechanism to reduce benefits where there is other income

    • Hazards001

      He’s obviously boycotting or still foaming at the mouth since I pissed him off so much yesterday…although you warmed him up for me!

  • GregM

    I always thought that ” Whiu ” was the maori word for ” that was close ”
    I.E: ” Whiu, the cops nearly got me “

  • Nechtan

    Ok, I’m new here and perhaps unaware of the level of satire that occurs. But this (in my opinion) crosses the line well into distasteful. A small toddler subject to horrific abuse and ultimately killed as a subject to provide some satirical point is not on.

    • The point is that various Maori group, including the Mana party and the Maori party all cry and sook on as they wring their hands after maori kid after maori kid is bashed, smashed or killed…all they do is wrong their hands and say something must be done…then do NOTHING…until the next one.

      If anyone challenges their thought processes like I have have then along come more hand wringers who say what you said…and still no one does anything.

      Surely it is better ti use the tragic death of any number of these children SHOCK people into doing something.

      This post is no more nor less distasteful than the scum and their actions who killed her…and yet you whinge about the post being distasteful.

      Your priorities are wonky…using your logic we should never speak of the unspeakable evils of child abusers because it is distasteful.

      I say no, it must be spoke of, and it must be as brutal as the scum who commit the crimes. Sooky, crim-hugging namby-pambisim won’t solve the problem.

      • Nechtan

        I take your points and agree with most of them, the Maori party in particular talks a great deal about child abuse within (parts) of Maoridom (sic) when these crimes occur but does sweet F-all about it. The arseholes who commit these crimes should be put down as they are no longer fit (if they ever were) to live. Speaking of these “unspeakable evils” is fine, but speaking alone won’t do anything nor with respect will this post. It will provoke responses and no doubt some outrage but at the end will it change anything? I applaud the intent just not the delivery.

      • Kahu

        It is heartening to see you are on a bit of a crusade to improve the lot of Maori in NZ Ka Pai! I think the Maori Party are after new blood now, and don’t you need a job? Looks like it could work :)

        • Magoo

          Why would someone want to run for a political party whose main objective is to promote the interests of one racial group in society over and above all other racial groups? Surely only a racist would belong to such a party.

          • IWantToBeLikeMallardOneDay

            Or an opportunist. Plenty more where that came from in politics.

        • Mr_Blobby

          There is no room in a modern democracy for race or religious based seats. It only leads to divisions and strife, look around the world.

      • Peej

        “…and yet you whinge about the post being distasteful.”

        And of course it’s fair enough to say that those whingeing about the post could also be some who are the most strident, vociferous and outspoken about the horrific attacks on little kids.

        Their priorities aren’t wonky it’s just that their style is more civilised.

        Barbarism too is in the eye of the beholder.

      • Lion_ess

        Thought explaining was losing

  • Lion_ess

    Must say, I don’t care for where these posts are going either. Child abuse is one thing, Maori Language is another – they are not interconnected. “Tiko” – to this one.

    • williamabong

      The two things are very definitely connected, the very people who rush about the place waxing lyrical about how important to the future of the world the Maori language is are the same ones who manage to ignore the fact that Maori lead the county in child abuse, hypocrisy in the extreme.

      • Lion_ess

        Look, the maori child bashing/abuse statistics are disgraceful, happy to support that argument anytime. The Maori Language week/Matariki wank-fest should stay in the Maraes and be funded by those who want to celebrate it – I doubt anyone would bother if there were no funding for it. To me, this post comes across as racist maori bashing. There’s plenty of white scum around too, but no-one tries to link the english language to that behaviour, as though the words were created solely for the justification of vile behaviour of the few.

        • williamabong

          I can agree with your sentiment, so lets get Cam to put up some posts on some of the white trash out there, and also some of our white collar crims.

        • steve and monique

          When I first saw this post, i did stop and wonder if it was wrong to use the image of that poor child.Then I realized we do need to be reminded that this abhorrence does occur,and sadly Maori do seem to be over represented in the stats(and for other crimes). Should we call this Maori bashing,No. It(image) does need to be put back in plain view to jolt all of this country in to action. The word is shameful,and those who say they will do something about it,and do not need to be ashamed. As for white trash,it exists,and I am not sure the action groups for them are any better.

        • James

          If funding, time and attention were being diverted from tackling child abuse into an “English awareness week” then that argument would hold up.

        • Mr_Blobby

          It is only maori bashing if it is not factual.

          • Lion_ess

            Didn’t say it wasn’t true. Using that little girl’s picture is cheap and there for headline-grabbing, I’m sure Cam could have still made his point without using her photo when the article isn’t about abuse. You wouldn’t have a problem with a photo of your niece, granddaughter being used in this way?

          • steve and monique

            Yes the photo is a shock to the sense’s. But if we forget these faces,or choose to look away,then this outrage will continue. Maori language week,should be given the arse. We have this rammed down our throats every week,and still the kids die/get bashed.Maybe we should have victims of child abuse week instead. These children should never be forgotten,unlike a minority language.Good on you Cam for bringing this little girls face back to our attention,and good use of Te Reo.

          • Lion_ess

            Good idea – a Victims of Child Abuse Week would serve more purpose and maybe the faces of the abusers should be on display, rather than the kids.

          • steve and monique

            Do think we need to see the faces of the children.They are the innocent victims in this sad story The offenders faces should be on permanent display in whatever town they live in. Name and shame would do wonders for their reputations. At least if you do not like the image Cam used,it has created a stir,and bought this subject to the surface again. I had forgotten about this poor little girl,and her mongrel family.So in that way,it has been a good thing.

          • williamabong

            Part of me agrees that images of Nia can be hard to look at, but her face should also stay out their to remind people how some Maori think children should be treated.
            As soon as some of the “important” people in the Maori world accept there is a problem change may begin to happen, rather than farting around with language week and fictional festivals.

      • IWantToBeLikeMallardOneDay

        Yeah. What a fucking waste of time learning Maori! Better to learn something useful which introduces a new and fascinating culture to broaden Kiwis minds a bit. Terribly insular mindset from the condescending lefty enablers who’re just helping this bandwagon of self-serving and self-important bludgers along.

  • Pissedoffyouth

    Looking forward to tomorrows issue – I asked a colleague at work to whiu me the courier stamps today.

    As bad as the above post may troll the shit out of bleeding hearts, I learnt something.