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rengarenga

1. (verb) to be crushed, pounded, destroyed, beaten.


2. (noun) rock lily, New Zealand lily, Arthropodium cirratum - a native plant with light green, broad and strap-like, glossy leaves and white flowers with yellow and purple centres, star-like on spindly, branching stalks. Grows in the North Island and the northern South Island, mostly on sea cliffs.

(Te Māhuri Study Guide (Ed. 1): 98;)

Koirā a ia i kī ai: 'Māku anō e hanga tōku nei whare. Ko te tāhuhu he hīnau ko ngā poupou he māhoe, patatē. Me whakatupu ki te hua o te rengarenga, me whakapakari ki te hua o te kawariki.' (TTR 1994:134) / That's why he said: 'I myself shall build my house. The ridge-pole will be of hīnau and the supporting posts of māhoe and patatē. Raise the people with the fruit of the rengarenga, strengthened them with the fruits of the kawariki.'

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3. (noun) beach spinach, New Zealand spinach, Tetragonia tetragonioides, and climbing New Zealand spinach, Tetragonia implexicoma - similar native plants with round to heart-shaped, alternating, thick, fleshy leaves glistening with a fine powder. Have small, yellow flowers in spring. Creeping plants with stems and leaves often reddish. Found on sand dunes, beach gravel, and rocks.

See also kōkihi

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