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Rākaunui Play

1. (modifier) full moon.

Kei ngā pō atarau, kei ngā pō rākaunui o te marama, e kitea atu ana a Rona, me tana tahā, me te rākau ngaio e tū ana i tana taha (TWK 2:13). / On moonlit nights, on nights when the moon is full, Rona can be seen with her calabash and the ngaio tree standing at her side.


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2. (personal noun) full moon on the fifteenth night (sometimes the seventeenth or eighteenth night) - for some tribes (e.g. Te Whānau-ā-Apanui) this night marks the start of the month. A good day for fishing and planting.

Ko Rākaunui te rā ka taka mai i muri i te pō o te raununui o te marama (Wh3 2003:106). / Rākaunui is the day after the night of the full moon.


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3. (noun) full moon.

Kia pā te rā ki te pae, kia whakatātare mai te marama i runga i ngā pae maunga, kia kī mai te tai i te ahiahi, koia nā te marama tūturu. Koia nā te Rākaunui (WT 2013:17). / When the sun touches the horizon in the evening; when the moon peers over the hills and the tide is at its fullest, that is the fullest of the full moons. That is Rākaunui (WT 2013:17).


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