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Wāka

1. (loan) (personal name) Walker.

Nā Te Wāka Rewharewha (TW 22/6/1878:319). / By Mr Walker Rewharewha.

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waka

1. (noun) canoe, vehicle, conveyance, spirit medium, medium (of an atua).

Ko ngā tiriti o tērā tāone kapi tonu i ngā tū āhua waka o te Pākehā, mai i te hōiho kawekawe mīti a te pūtia tae noa ki ngā tū āhua katoa o te taramukā (TP 10/1909:3). / The streets of that town are full of all sorts of vehicles of the Pākehā, from the horse carrying the butcher’s meat to all sorts of tramcars.

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2. long narrow receptacle, box (for feathers).

Ka tata ki te rau tau mai ki 1900, ka tahuri a Ānaha ki te whakairo taonga itiiti nei, hei hokohoko ki ngā Pākehā. He ipu, he kumete, he waka huia, he paipa hei kai tōrori, he pouaka māti, me ētehi taonga hei whakaahua i ngā mea o te ao tawhito (TTR 1990:262). / Around the turn of the century Anaha was involved in the production of smaller carvings for sale to Europeans. These were containers, bowls, carved jewellery boxes, tobacco pipes, tinder boxes and replicas of traditional artefacts.

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3. (noun) water trough.

Ka whakakīia te waka ki te wai, ka haramai ngā kererū ki te inu. Ka whakairia he tāhere ki ngā taha o te waka, kia tau mai he manu ki te inu kua mau (Te Ara 2013). / The trough was filled with water, and kererū would come to drink. Snares were set on either side of the trough, and when the birds landed to drink they were caught.

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4. (noun) allied kinship groups descended from the crew of a canoe which migrated to New Zealand and occupying a set territory.

(Te Kākano Textbook (Ed. 2): 48; Te Māhuri Study Guide (Ed. 1): 27-31; Te Kōhure Textbook (Ed. 2): 210-219;)

Ko te waiata katoa nei, e whakaatu ana i te reo tohunga o ngā iwi o Tainui waka (M 2006:186). / The whole of this song reflects the priestly language of the tribes of the Tainui canoe area.

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5. (noun) crew of a canoe.

I te ata e rotua ana e Rua te waka rā kia moe tonu (NM 1928:65). / In the morning Rua put a spell on the crew of that canoe so that they continued sleeping.

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6. (noun) flock, flight (of birds).

He waka kuaka (W 1971:478). / A flock of bar-tailed godwits

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waka ama

1. (noun) outrigger canoe.

Ka tū a Whātonga rāua ko tana hoa ko Tūrāhui ki te whakataetae waka ama i te awa i Pikopikoiwhiti, ki Hawaiki (Te Ara 2013). / Whātonga and his companion, Tūrāhui, took part in an outrigger canoe regatta at Pikopikoiwhiti in Hawaiki.

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herenga waka

1. (noun) place where a canoe is tied up, mooring, marina.

Ko ngā kaipuke, te huarahi hokohoko oranga mai mō Te Whakatōhea, i tahuna ki ō rātou tumu herenga waka (TTR 1990:60). / Ships, the means of commerce for Te Whakatōhea, were burnt at their moorings.

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kaihoko waka

1. (noun) motor vehicle dealer.

tao waka

1. (noun) ballast, loading of a canoe.

Synonyms: pēhanga kōhatu, pēhi

waka tūroro

1. (noun) ambulance.

Nō ngā tau 1937 me 1938 i puta anō hoki ia i ana whakamātautau mō te Kāhui o Hoani, ā, e ruarua nei ngā tau e tūmau tūao mai ana ia i ngā waka tūroro o te rohe o Tūtaenui (TTR 2000:6). / He also passed St John Ambulance Association exams in 1937 and 1938, serving as a volunteer ambulance attendant in the Marton area for several years.

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tōanga waka

1. (noun) portage - place where canoes are dragged over.

tūnga waka

1. (noun) parking space, carpark.

waka tuarangi

1. (noun) spacecraft.

He maha ngā waka tuarangi kua puta atu ai i te whaitua o Papatūānuku. / Many spacecraft have travelled out of Earth's atmosphere.

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waka tūpāpaku

1. (noun) burial chest, coffin, canoe for a corpse.

I te ūnga ki uta o ngā waka tūpāpaku rā ka peke atu ngā uri o Toroa-ihurua ka haria ngā tūpāpaku rā ka kainga hei whakaea i tō rātou mate (NIT 1995:253). / When the canoes of bodies came ashore Toroa-ihurua's descendants took those bodies and ate them to avenge their defeat.

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waka ātea

1. (noun) spacecraft.

I tangohia tēnei whakaāhua o te rerenga o Tamanui-te-rā i tētahi waka ātea (Te Ara 2013). / This image of the solar system was taken from a spacecraft.

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waka huia

1. (noun) treasure box.

Ko te taonga mā Pirinihehe Ana he waka huia, pērā me te papahou, engari he paku iho (TWK 19:40). / The gift for Princess Ann was a waka huia (treasure box), which is like a papahou, but smaller.

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waka kōpiko

1. (noun) ferry, shuttle.

waka pēpi

1. (loan) (noun) pram, pushchair, stroller.

waka pītau

1. (noun) fishing canoe with a carved figurehead and vertical stern piece.

He waka tōtōkau, he waka pītau, kāore he rauawa (M 2005:200). / An everyday canoe, a fishing canoe with a carved figurehead and vertical stern piece and no attached sides above the hull.

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waka rererangi

1. (noun) aeroplane, plane, aircraft.

Kātahi anō te waka rererangi ka tau mai, engari kāore anō ngā pāhihi kia heke iho. / The plane has landed just now, but the passengers haven't yet disembarked.

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waka taua

1. (noun) war canoe.

I te tau 1886, e ai tā te kōrero, i mua tata atu o te pakarutanga o Tarawera, ka kitea he waka taua e hoe ana i roto o Tarawera Moana, e hautū ana ngā kaihautū, e ngū ana ngā kaihoe (TP 1/1/1901:7). / According to accounts, in 1886, just before the Tarawera eruption, a war canoe was seen paddling on Lake Tarawera. The leaders were calling the timing and the paddlers were silent.

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waka tētē

1. (noun) fishing canoe with a carved figurehead and vertical stern piece.

Kāore he whakanikoniko o ngā whakairo kei ngā waka tētē. He heriheri tāngata, utanga te mahi a ēnei waka; ka rere mā ngā awa me te takutai (Te Ara 2013). / Waka tētē had simpler carving without adornment. The purpose of these canoes was to carry people and goods along rivers and the coast.

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waka tīwai

1. (noun) dugout canoe without attached sides.

There was one thing wrong, there was no race for the dugout canoes, but there was a race for the war canoes. / Kotahi te mea i hē ko te kore reihi mō ngā waka tīwai, engari ia te reihi mō ngā waka taua (MM.TKM 15/2/1859:2).

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