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moana

1. (verb) to be uneven.

I moana tētahi taha o te rua (W 1971:204). / One side of the pit was uneven.

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2. (noun) roof of a kūmara storehouse.

moana

1. (noun) sea, ocean, large lake.

Kei te mōhio katoa rātau ki ngā tauranga tāmure, tauranga tarakihi, tauranga hāpuku me ērā atu ika o te moana (TWK 54:3). / They know all the fishing grounds for snapper, tarakihi, groper and those other fish of the sea.

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tauā moana

1. (noun) navy.

Nō muri mai, ka tangohia e te taua moana roera o Aotearoa te rangi mō tā rātou hīkoi pōrori (TTR 1996:257). / Later the tune was adopted by the Royal New Zealand Navy as their slow march.

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2. (modifier) naval.

Rokohina atu ko Te Arawa rātau ko ngā hōia a te kāwanatanga me ngā waka taua moana o Peretānia e tū mai ana (TTR 1994:152). / Te Arawa and the government troops, with British naval vessels standing by, came upon them.

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mana moana

1. (noun) authority over the sea and lakes - although this is a modern term, the concept of authority over lakes and parts of the sea (mana o te moana) is traditional. According to Māori custom, land rights extended as well to adjacent sea or lakes with fixed boundaries for inshore and deep-sea fishing and the gathering of seafood.

Me hoki atu au ki te āhua o ngā kōrero kua hua ake i roto i ēnei rā: te mana whenua, te mana tangata me te kararehe hou nei, te mana moana (Wh4 2004:239). / Let me return to the types of terms being used today: 'mana whenua' (authority over land), 'mana tangata' (inherited status) and this new beast 'mana moana' (authority over the sea).

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Raukawa Moana

1. (location) Cook Strait.

(Te Kākano Textbook (Ed. 2): 78;)

kiore moana

1. (noun) sea horse, Hippocampus abdominalis - a quaint little fish usually mottled in browns. The body is narrow and strongly cross ridged on the sides. Head resembles a horse, but the tail is curled.

See also manaia

matuku moana

1. (noun) white-faced heron, Ardea novaehollandiae - a much more common heron than the rare reef heron. Bluish-grey with a white face.

(Te Pihinga Study Guide (Ed. 1): 1;)


2. (noun) reef heron, Egretta sacra - a slaty-grey heron with a long, heavy, grey to yellowish bill. Legs relatively short, yellow-green. Hunched and almost horizontal when feeding. Found in mangrove inlets, rocky shores, wave platforms and intertidal mudflats.

āpure moana

1. (noun) marine reserve.

takutai moana

1. (noun) coast, foreshore and seabed.

I tōia ki te awa ka mānu mai ki te takutai moana, ka tōia mā te waka ki Whāngārā (TTR 1990:16). / It was hauled to the river and floated to the coast, and towed by canoe to Whāngārā.

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Tauranga Moana

1. (location) Tauranga Harbour.

ika moana

1. (noun) whale - a general term.

Ka kitea te ika moana e pae ana i uta (W 1971:76). / The whale was found stranded on the shore.

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kai moana

1. (noun) seafood, shellfish.

papaneke moana

1. (noun) oceanic plate.

Kei te kapi katoa a Papatūānuku i ēnei papaneke, ānō nei he pangahono. Ko ētahi he papaneke moana, ko ētahi he papaneke paparahi (RP 2009:311). / These tectonic plates cover the whole of the Earth, like a jig-saw. Some are oceanic plates, others are continental plates.

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pae moana

1. (noun) sea surface, sea level, sea horizon.

I tana kitenga atu ka pūrero ake a Ahitereiria i te pae moana, ka tū ia, ka umere (TTT 1/8/1930:2115). / When he saw Australia projecting up from the sea horizon, he stood up and shouted.

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kakaru moana

1. (noun) jellyfish.

kūreperepe moana

1. (noun) jellyfish.

See also petipeti

ngohi moana

1. (noun) whale - a general term.

Ko ētahi o ngā iwi o ēnei wāhi e kī ana he tupuna te tangata nei nō rātou, ā, e whakahua ana i te whakataukī i roto i te ngākau hīhī, 'Ānō te mahi a Paikea, te tangata i whakaahua nei i a ia, ki te ngohi moana!' (MM.TKM 3-4/1855:32). / Some of the tribes of these parts say that this man is an ancestor of theirs, and proudly quote the proverb, 'Behold the work of Paikea, the man who transformed himself into a whale!'

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moana tuauriuri

1. (noun) ocean, open sea.

I mua atu i a koe ko te kaipuke iti a Kāpene Kuku, ōna hoe he kōmaru, i whiti mai ai i te moana tuauriuri, tau ana ki ngā wai o Hauraki (TWM 27/5/1869:2). / Before you, it was Captain Cook's small sailing ship, its propulsion was with sails, that crossed the ocean and arrived to the waters of the Hauraki Gulf.

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moana waiwai

1. (noun) ocean, open sea.

Ka tae ana te waka ki te moana waiwai, ka puta te āwhā. / When the canoe reached the open sea the storm occurred.

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kanohi moana

1. (noun) sea-gooseberry, Pleurobrachia pileus - a free-swimming transparent animal resembling a jelly-fish, but with eight external bands of short comb-like structures which run from top to bottom of the oval or pear-shaped animal. The body is 15-50 mm long.

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