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whakatau

1. (verb) (-a,-hia,-ngia,-ria) to decide, settle, prepare, determine, arbitrate, adjudicate.

I te 17 o Hune nei, i whakawākia rāua i te Kōti Matua mō te hara tuhituhi pukanoa i ngā ingoa tāngata kē ki ngā tieki tono moni i ngā pēke, ā whakataua ana e te kōti kia kotahi tau mō tētahi, mō tētahi ki te whare herehere (TWMA 20/6/1884:3). / On 17th June they went on trial in the Supreme Court for writing fraudulent cheques and were each sentenced by the court to one year in prison.

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2. (verb) (-a,-hia,-ngia) to go to meet, visit.

Ā, haere ana rātou ki te whakatau i taua tangata nei (JPS 1952:189). / So they went to meet the man.

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3. (verb) (-a,-hia,-ngia) to welcome officially, welcome formally.

Tērā atu anō ētahi o ngā rangatira o Ngāti Porou i tū ki te whakatau i te manuhiri (HKW 1/4/1902:3). / There were some other leaders of Ngāti Porou who stood to formally welcome the visitors.

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4. (verb) (-a,-hia,-ngia) to imitate, mime, mimic, act out, feign, make believe, simulate.

Ka whakatau te tangata rā i te kaiako, hemo ana mātou i te kata (PK 2008:1135). / When that man imitated the teacher we died laughing.

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5. (verb) (-a,-hia,-ngia) to put on as an ornament, adorn.

Whakataua mai te awe o te toroa (W 1971:396). / Put on the feather plumes of the albatross.

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6. (modifier) decisive.

Ko taua kupu whakatau a te kōti ka waiho hei kupu tūturu tonu ki ngā tāngata katoa e uru ana ki taua mahi (TWMNT 5/9/1876:216). / That decision of the court remained as the guiding principle for all the people entering into that occupation.

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7. (modifier) welcoming, greeting.

Nā Te Wiremu ngā kupu whakatau i a ia (HKW 1/5/1902:4). / Mr Williams gave the words of welcome to him.

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8. (noun) decision, settlement, role play, charade.

Ko te whakatau a ngā tākuta, kāhore rawa he pōrangi o taua none, ā nō konei ka tukua ia e te kōti kia haere (TKO 30/9/1920:11). / The decision of the doctors was that that nun was not mentally ill, and as a result she was released by the court.

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9. (noun) official welcome speeches.

Auina iho i te ahiahi o taua rā anō i te 8 o ngā hāora, ka haere ngā mihi me ngā whakatau ki a ia (TKO 6/1914:1). / Later in the evening of that same day at 8 o'clock the speeches of welcome to him occurred.

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whakatau

1. (verb) to bark.

Ka whakatau te kurī (W 1971:396). / The dog barked.

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mihi whakatau

1. (noun) speech of greeting, official welcome speech - speech acknowledging those present at a gathering. For some tribes a pōhiri, or pōwhiri, is used for the ritual of encounter on a marae only. In other situations where formal speeches in Māori are made that are not on a marae or in the wharenui (meeting house) the term mihi whakatau is used for a speech, or speeches, of welcome in Māori.

whakatau māuiui

1. (noun) diagnosis.

titiro whakatau

1. (verb) to look intently, stare, look hard, gape, gawk, gaze, watch.

Kātahi anō taua tangata rā ka titiro whakatau atu (NM 1928:52). / Then the man looked intently at him.

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whakatau wawe

1. (verb) to predict.

whakatau whānui

1. (verb) to make generalisations.

whana whakatau

1. (verb) to take a tap kick (rugby).

huarahi whakatau

1. (noun) settlement process.

Ka noho tō rāua mārenatanga hei huarahi whakatau i te puehu i waenganui i a Ngāti Pāhauwera me ngā hunga tautoko i a Te Kooti (TTR 1996:59). / Their marriage was the settlement process in the dispute between Ngāti Pāhauwera and the supporters of Te Kooti.

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whakatau tata

1. (verb) to estimate.

Ka whakamahia ngā tau āwhiwhi hei whakatau tata i te otinga o tētahi paheko (TRP 2010:322). / Approximate numbers are used to estimate the result of an operation.

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2. (noun) estimate.

Ko tāku whakatau tata, kotahi mano ngā tāngata i tae mai ki te mautohe i te kimi hinu i te parumoana. / My estimate is that one thousand people arrived to protest against oil exploration of the seabed.

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kupu whakatau

1. (noun) welcoming words, welcoming expression.

I ōna rā, ko Ruawehea te ariki tapairu o Ngāti Hako o Hauraki. Inā ngā kupu whakatau manuhiri ka kuhu ki tōna rohe: "Haere mai, nau mai. Haere mai, kuhu noa mai ki ngā hūhā o Ruawehea." (Te Ara 2015). / In her day, Ruawehea was the high-born woman of the Ngāti Hako tribe of the Hauraki area. Here are the welcoming expressions to visitors entering her territory: "Come forth, welcome. Come forth and enter the thighs of Ruawehea."

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2. (noun) decision, judgement.

Ki te oti te whakawā ka puta te kupu whakatau a te Tiati ki te hunga i kitea te tika ki taua whenua (RT 2013:34). / If the judicial hearing is completed the Judge's decision revealing the rights to that land is delivered to the group.

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3. (noun) recommendation, report.

Kei te takoto tonu taua whenua i raro i te tikanga Māori, nō reira ka kore he kupu whakatau a tēnei Komiti (RT 2013:34). / That land still remains under Māori custom, so this Committee has no recommendation.

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Ratonga Whakatau Wenerau, Te

1. Dispute Resolution Services.

Tari Whakatau Take e pā ana ki te Tiriti o Waitangi, Te

1. (loan) Office of Treaty Settlements.

pōhuatau

1. (noun) apt saying - includes whakatauākī, karakia, ngeri and haka.

Ko te whaikōrero ki a Te Arawa he kōrero tapu tonu tēnei kōrero, nā te mea ka kite ana koe, ka rongo ana koe i ngā kaumātua, ngā tāngata o Te Arawa e whaikōrero ana, ka tīmatahia ā rātou kōrero ki te pōhuatau (Rewi 2005:184). / According to Te Arawa oratory is sacred talk because when you see and hear the elders and the men of Te Arawa making speeches their talk begins with an apt saying.

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