The Meaning of RONGOTAI

by Rongotai Apartments on July 7, 2011

RONGOTAI – “Hear, Feel, Smell, Taste the Coast”

RONGOTAI is a Māori word combining the words RONGO and TAI. The definition of RONGOTAI can be found through the explanations detailed below.

The Māori dictionary defines these words as:

rongo

1. (verb) (-hia,-na,-tia) (rangona) to hear, feel, smell, taste.   Ka rongo ngā hōia i roto i te pā i te tangi o te piukara, ka pikipiki ki runga ki ngā tāepa o te pā (TPH 7/7/1905 wh5).When the soldiers in the fort heard the bugle they climbed onto the palisades of the fort.Kātahi ka kowheta te hiku, ka rongo hoki i te mamae o ngā taura kua nonoti tonu rā i waenganui o te puku (TWM 15/7/1865 wh3).Then its tail thrashed about as it felt the pain of the ropes tightening around its stomach.Me horopū ngā pire, kia kore ai koe e rongo i te kawa (PK wh136).The pills should be swallowed whole so that you don’t taste the bitterness. See also rangona.
2. (noun) news, report, fame, tidings.   Hau noa ana tōna rongo mō te whakaora tūroro (TTR 1994 wh5).His reputation for healing the sick spread.
3. (verb) to make peace.
4. (noun) peace (after war).   I te tau 1833, ka haere a Te Wiremu ki Matamata, kia kite i a Te Waharoa, kia houhia te rongo ki a Ngāti Maru (TPH 27/3/1905 wh2).In 1833 Williams went to Matamata to see Te Waharoa and to establish peace with Ngāti Maru.

tai

1. (location) the sea, coast (as opposed to uta when referring to the hinterland) – a location word, or locative, which follows immediately after particles such as ki, i, hei and kei.   He waka ki tai, he hōiho ki uta.A canoe at sea, a horse on the land. (Te Kākano Textbook (Ed. 2): 15-16, 29;)
2. (noun) tide, sea – used as a noun.   E timu ana te tai.The tide is going out.

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