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kia kaha Play

1. be strong, get stuck in, keep going.

Kei te hāparangi tonu te waha o taku hoa, "Kia tere te haere o tō tāua waka, e Hēmi. Kia kaha te takahi atu!" (HP 1991;145). / My companion shouted out, "We'd better speed up, Hēmi. Put your foot down!"


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2. go for it then - sometime used idiomatically to suggest that there are risks involved.

Pare: I kī mai taku kuia kia kaua e parea taku tuarā ki ngā ngaru o te moana. Rangi: Kāore au e whakarongo ki a ia. Pare: Ā kāti, kia kaha (HKK 1999:60). / Pare: My grandmother told me not to turn my back to the waves. Rangi: I wouldn't listen to her. Pare: Oh well, go for it then.


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