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.
3. (noun) formal speech.