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piki

1. (verb) (-tia) to come to the rescue of, support, assist.

Ko te toa ki uta e pikitia ana, ko te toa ki te wai tē pikitia (W 1971:281). / The warrior on the land will be assisted, the warrior on the water will not be assisted. (A whakataukī.)

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2. (noun) supporter, assistant, helper, understudy.

Ko wai hei piki mō tuahangata o te whakaari? (RMR 2017). / Who will be an understudy for the principal male character of the play?

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piki

1. (loan) (noun) fig, fig tree, Ficus carica.

Nā, ka toru aku tau i haere mai ai ahau ki te rapu hua i tēnei piki, ā kāhore ahau i kite (Ma 1841:2). / Now, for the last three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree without finding any.

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Pīki

1. (loan) (personal name) Biggs.

Ka puta atu ko Rūtene Te Pīki me ana kaitūao Pākehā e 20 ki te pā o Mōkena i te 3 o Hūrae (TTR 1990:39). / Lieutenant Biggs and 20 European volunteers reached Mokena’s pā on 3 July.

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piki

1. (verb) (-a,-tia) to climb, scale, ascend, climb over, get on.

Ka kite hoki taku tuakana i a au e tū ana i te taha o te huarahi i tō mātau kāinga, ka whakatū ia i ana hōiho, kia piki atu au ki runga i te rore, ka noho i tōna taha (HP 1991:22). / When my elder brother saw me standing at the side of the road at our home he stopped his horses and I climbed onto the lorry and sat beside him.

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2. (noun) ascent, climb.

Ka kaha ake nei ōna pūkenga me ōna mōhiotanga ki ngā mahi, ka tīmata te piki haere o tana tūranga (TTR 2000:243). / As his skills and knowledge improved he began the climb up the ranks.

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3. (noun) success.

I tēnei wā, he nui ngā piki me ngā heke kei te pā ki te ahurea a te Māori (Te Ara 2015). / At this time there are many ups and downs affecting Māori culture.
Ahakoa pā iho te aha ki a Rēweti, pā iho anō hoki ki a Keita, arā, te pāpouri, te harakoakoa, tae atu ki ngā piki me ngā heke o ōna rā (TTR 1996:69). / No matter what affected Rēweti, it also affected Keita, that is the sorrows and joys, and the triumphs and setbacks.

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4. (noun) sharp (musical notation).

Ko te ‘#’ hei tohu i te piki (he waehaurua te piki) (RTP 2015:67). / The ‘#’ is the symbol for a sharp (a rise of a semitone).

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pīki

1. (loan) (modifier) big - a word used in colloquial speech, usually placed before the word it modifies.

He pīki raruraru tōku! / I'm in deep trouble!

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piki

1. (noun) feather plume (as decoration for the head).

Ka ngaro hoki rā i te aotūroa e-i, tēnei ka unuhia taku māhuri tōtara e-i, taku piki kōtuku nō runga i Tuhirangi e-i, haere rā e te tau e-i! (TPH 15/11/1901:8). / You are gone from this world, my tōtara sapling is taken, my plume of white heron feathers from on Tuhirangi, farewell my love!

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epa piki

1. (noun) off-break (cricket).

piki, heke

1. up and down, come what may, revival and decline.

Ka heke, ka piki te ao Māori (Te Ara 2012). / Decline and revival of the Māori world.

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piki kōtuku

1. (noun) darling, treasure, symbol of prestige and uniqueness.

Ka naomia mai e aku tuākana rangatira e Te Hati rāua ko Te Ngārara Houkāmau, e tō mātau pāpā hoki, e Hōri Mahue 'hei piki kōtuku ki ō rātau māhunga, hei māpihi maurea ki ō rātau taringa' (TTT 1/5/1926:401). / My senior chiefs, Te Hati and Te Ngārara Houkāmau, and our uncle, George Mahue, grabbed her 'as a plume for their heads and as a treasure for their ears'.

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piki toka

1. (noun) rock climbing.

piki tūranga

1. (noun) successor.

I a ia ka pakeke ka noho ko ia te uri tuku iho me te piki tūranga mō tana pāpā (TTR 1996:83). / When he was becoming an adult he was his father's heir apparent.

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māwhaiwhai-piki

1. (noun) climbing net.

pātuhi piki whārangi

1. (noun) page up key.

[ngā] piki me [ngā] heke

1. ups and downs, come what may, triumphs and setbacks, successes and failures.

Ahakoa pā iho te aha ki a Rēweti, pā iho anō hoki ki a Keita, arā, te pāpouri, te harakoakoa, tae atu ki ngā piki me ngā heke o ōna rā (TTR 1996:69). / No matter what affected Rēweti, it also affected Keita, that is the sorrows and joys, and the triumphs and setbacks.

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Atairangikaahu, Te Arikinui Dame Te

1. (personal name) ONZ, DBE (1931-2006) Ngāti Mahuta; leader of the Tainui tribes and the Kīngitanga, she succeeded her father, Korokī, when he died in 1966. Before being anointed as queen, she was known as Piki Mahuta and Piki Paki when she married Whatumoana Paki. Made the first Māori Dame in 1970 and was awarded the Order of New Zealand in 1987. Awarded an honorary doctorate from The University of Waikato in 1973 and an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Victoria University of Wellington in 1999.

(Te Kōhure Textbook (Ed. 2): 26-28, 31-33; Te Kōhure Video Tapes (Ed. 1): ;)

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