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whaikupu

1. (verb) (-tia) to make a formal speech.

(Te Kōhure Textbook (Ed. 2): 243-247;)

Muri mai i tēnā, ka haere ngā tāngata ki raro i te rākau noho ai, kātahi ka tū a Maihi Te Huhu, ka whaikupu atu ki te hunga kua mārenatia (KO 17/3/1887:5). / After that the people went under the tree to sit down and then Maihi Te Huhu stood up and made a speech to the couple who had been married.

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2. (verb) (-tia) to recommend, make a recommendation.

E whaikupu ana te Komiti kia tino āta whiriwhiria e te Kāwanatanga tēnei pitihana (RT 2013:103). / The Committee recommended that this petition should be carefully considered by the Government.

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3. (noun) formal speech.

He maha ō tātou rangatira kua ngaro ki te pō, ā kāore he mea kotahi o rātou i hapa te whaikupu iho ki te iwi (TP 8/1909:1). / Many of our chiefs have gone to the world of the dead and not one of them omitted the speech to the tribe.

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