1. (verb) to make a formal speech.
Kātahi ka huri ake te kaumātua rā, ka titiro iho ki a ia anō, kātahi ka whaikī ake, "Ē, he ao te rangi ka uhia, he huruhuru te manu ka rere." (He whakamā te mate o te tangata nei i te kore kahu e tika ana mō tērā mahi.) (TTT 13/12/1921:15). / Then that elder turned and looking down at himself he spoke, "Just as the clouds cover the sky, with feathers a bird can fly." (This man was embarrassed because he had no clothes appropriate for that task.)
(Te Kōhure Textbook (Ed. 2): 243-247;)
See also whai kī