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Rotorua-nui-a-Kahumatamomoe, Te

1. (location) Lake Rotorua.

Mokoia

1. (location) an island in the middle of Lake Rotorua.

(Te Pihinga Textbook (Ed. 2): 73;)


2. (location) Panmure (Auckland).

(Te Kōhure Textbook (Ed. 2): 107;)

kukuraho

1. (noun) pūrua grass, Bolboschoenus fluviatilis - a sedge with long leaves and a stem reaching up to 2 m high. Found in fresh or brackish water mostly north of Rotorua.

pōhuehue

1. (noun) convolvulus, bindweed, New Zealand bindweed, Calystegia sepium - a herbaceous perennial that twines around other plants to a height of up to 2-4 m. Leaves are arranged spirally, simple, pointed at the tip and arrowhead shaped, 5-10 cm long and 3-7 cm broad. Flowers are produced from late spring to the end of summer. The open flowers are trumpet-shaped, 3-7 cm diameter, white, or pale pink with white stripes. A name given to several climbing or trailing plants.

Ko te takiwā tonu tēnei hei tō i te hapi tae noa ki e mutunga o Hepetema. Ko tōna āhua e pēnei ana me te pōhuehue (TWMNT 17/7/1872:92). / This is the season to plant hops right until the end of September. Its form is similar to convolvulus.

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2. (noun) wire vine, Muehlenbeckia complexa - a native plant found behind sand dunes and on rocky ground. It has small, round to heart-shaped alternating leaves. The flowers are inconspicuous and the fruit is a black, three-angled seed in a fleshy, ice-coloured cup.


3. (noun) large-leaved muehlenbeckia, Muehlenbeckia australis - a native plant that often clambers over trees and shrubs, sometimes smothering other vegetation. The leaves are heart-shaped and the fruit tiny black seeds sitting in a white swollen flower.


4. (noun) creeping muehlenbeckia, Muehlenbeckia axillaries - common in scrub and on river flats to subalpine altitudes south of Rotorua.

Tūtānekai

1. (personal name) Tūtānekai married Hinemoa, the beautiful daughter of Umukaria and Hinemaru, who lived at Rotorua. Tūtānekai married her against the wishes of her people when she swam to Mokoia Island, guided by the music of the flute he played.

(Te Māhuri Textbook (Ed. 2): 158-164; Te Māhuri Video Tapes (Ed. 1): 2;)

I runga i tana kōhatu a Hinemoa e noho ana i te tangihanga mai o te kōauau a Tūtānekai i Mokoia (TTT 1/6/1927:599). / Hinemoa was sitting on her rock when Tūtānekai played his flute on Mokoia Island.

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Arawa, Te

1. (personal name) people descended from the crew of this canoe from Hawaiki who form a group of tribes in the Rotorua-Maketū area.

(Te Kākano Textbook (Ed. 2): 42;)

Ko Mātaatua, ko Te Arawa ko Ngāti Kahungunu o ngā iwi whakaeke ki te marae i uru atu ki roto i a Ngāti Porou ki te manaaki i ngā manuhiri (TTT 1/3/1926:358). / The tribes of Mātaatua, Te Arawa and Ngāti Kahungunu who had come onto the marae joined in with Ngāti Porou to host the visitors.

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rīrīwaka

1. (noun) pūrua grass, Bolboschoenus fluviatilis - a sedge with long leaves and a stem reaching up to 2 m high. Found in fresh or brackish water mostly north of Rotorua.

See also kukuraho


2. (noun) bar-tailed godwit, Limosa lapponica - a brown-and-white migratory wading bird with a long, slightly upturned, black bill and a pink base which breeds in the northern hemisphere and summers in the southern.

See also kuaka

Synonyms: tarakakao, kuhikuhiwaka, kura, karoro, kuaka

Hinemoa

1. (personal name) daughter of Umukaria and Hinemaru of Rotorua. She married Tūtānekai against the wishes of her people by swimming to Mokoia Island, guided by the music of Tūtānekai's flute.

(Te Māhuri Textbook (Ed. 2): 171-178; Te Māhuri Video Tapes (Ed. 1): 2;)

I runga i tana kōhatu a Hinemoa e noho ana i te tangihanga mai o te kōauau a Tūtānekai i Mokoia (TTT 1/6/1927:599). / Hinemoa was sitting on her rock when Tūtānekai played his flute on Mokoia Island.

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