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Māwhera

1. (location) Greymouth.

(Te Kākano Textbook (Ed. 2): 4;)

Tērā tētahi wāhi whenua kei Te Māwhera he mea tautohetohe, ā tukua mai ana e ngā Māori o reira tā rātou pitihana whakahē ki te rerewē (TWMNT 9/1/1877:6). / There is a piece of land at Greymouth under dispute and the local Māori have submitted a protest petition to the railway.

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2. (location) Grey River.

Ko ngā pī o te pounamu i te takiwā ki Arahura me Māwhera te kaupapa o te haere (TTR 1990:371). / The reason for the travel was to go to the sources of greenstone in the Arahura and Grey River regions.

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mawhera

1. (verb) to be open, widespread, spread out.

Nā, ka hohoro tā rātou tuku iho i ngā kawenga i runga i ngā tuarā o ā rātou kāmere - ka mawhera ā rātou taonga, ka whakatakoto ki ngā waewae o taua tamaiti (KO 15/5/1883:14). / So they hurried to take the luggage off the backs of their camels and spread out their goods, and lay them at the feet of that child.

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