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ruru

1. (verb) to tie, tie together.


2. (verb) (-a,-tia) to take shelter, take refuge.

Nō te pakanga o Te Whiti-o-Tū, ka hinga a Ngāi Te Ūpokoiri me ō rātau hoa whawhai; kātahi ka haere ki Taupō ruru ai (TTR 1990:30). / Ngāti Te Upokoiri and their allies were defeated at the battle of Te Whiti-o-Tū, and took refuge at Taupō.

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3. (modifier) sheltered.

Ka tukuna e Ngā Puhi kia kuhu atu ana; ka waihotia hei wāhi ruru (TTR 1990:171). / Ngā Puhi allowed them to enter and respected it as a place of refuge.

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4. (noun) knot.

I herea ngā hū ki ngā ruru taparenga, koia nā i uaua ai te wetewete. / The shoes were tied with tight knots, which is why they were difficult to untie.

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ruru

1. (verb) (-a) to attack, invade.

Ka whakataua e Whitmore me ruru a Te Urewera, kia kore ai e whai wāhi whakaruru, wāhi whakarato taonga, wāhi taritari ope rānei a Te Kooti me ngā mōrehu kaiārahi i te Hauhau (TTR 1990:384). / Whitmore decided that the Urewera would have to be invaded, so that Te Kooti and the surviving Hauhau leaders wouldn't have a sanctuary and a supply of goods or a recruitment area.

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ruru

1. (noun) knucklebones, fivestones, jacks - a traditional game very similar to knucklebones, usually played with five stones. In the traditional Māori game the main stone, or jack, that is thrown up is called hai, the others kaimahi.

Ko te mahi tuatahi i te ruru he whiu i ngā kōhatu e rima ki te rangi kia tau iho ki te angaangamate o te ringa, kātahi ka whiua anō kia tau mai ai ki te kapu o te ringa (PK 2008:798). / The first action in knucklebones is to throw the five stones in the air so that they land on the back of the hand, then they are tossed up again so that they land in the palm of the hand.

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See also kaimakamaka, kōruru, tutukai

ruru

1. (noun) morepork, owl, Ninox novaeseelandiae - a native owl common throughout Aotearoa/New Zealand in wooded areas including suburbs, roosting by day and active at night.

(Te Māhuri Textbook (Ed. 2): 152;)

Pērā hoki me Māui-pōtiki i tango rā i te āhua o te kāhu, o te kāeaea, o te ruru, o te kea, o te pekapeka, o te kiore, o te kererū, o te noke hoki; kātahi anō ka mate i a Hine-nui-te-pō i roto i tōna whare i Pōtaka-rongorongo. (JPS 1922:48). / It was thus that Māui-pōtiki took on the form of the harrier hawk, the New Zealand falcon, the morepork, the kea, the bat, the rat, the pigeon, and the worm; until he was finally killed by Hine-nui-te-pō in her house at Pōtaka-rongorongo.

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rūrū

1. (verb) (-ngia,-tia) to shake, shake hands, wave about.

Ka rūrū noa iho te poaka i tōna pane (HP 1991:20). / The pig just shook its head.

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2. (noun) handshake, shake.

E whae mā, ki taku whakaaro kāhore rawa he painga o te papaki, o te rūrū rānei i te tamaiti paku (TP 7/1905:3). / Mothers, I think smacking or shaking a young child is of absolutely no benefit.

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tau ruru

1. (noun) stormy year.

He tau kino te tau ruru, he hau, he ua; ko te tau wehe he tau kore hua, kāore he kai o runga rākau (M 2006:232). / 'Tau ruru' is a stormy year, with wind and rain; 'tau wehe' is a year without crops, trees do not bear berries or fruit (M 2006:233).

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tūtae ruru

1. (noun) grass grub beetle, Costelytra zealandica - a chafer beetle which eats the leaves of trees, shrubs and vegetables in the summer and lives in the soil as a grub in winter, eating the roots of grass and other plants.

(Te Māhuri Study Guide (Ed. 1): 90;)

toroa ruru

1. (noun) light-mantled sooty albatross, Phoebetria palpebrata - a large seabird with sooty-brown head, throat and wings. The back from nape to rump is ash-grey and the bill is black with a blue line along the lower bill.

See also toroa pango

toroa-a-ruru

1. (noun) light-mantled sooty albatross, Phoebetria palpebrata - a large seabird with sooty-brown head, throat and wings. The back from nape to rump is ash-grey and the bill is black with a blue line along the lower bill.

See also toroa pango

Kaokaoroa-o-Pātetere, Te

1. (location) area to the west of the southern Kaimai and Mamaku Ranges and including the Pūtāruru-Tokoroa region.

hai

1. (noun) jack, main stone in knucklebones - thrown up in the game of ruru, or kōruru, a tradition game similar to knuckle bones.

Whiua atu te hai ki runga, ka kapo ai i ngā kōhatu i te papa, ka hopu anō ai i te hai (PK 2008:65). / Throw the jack up, then grab the stones on the ground, and then catch the jack again.

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