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waipuna

1. (noun) spring (of water).

Ko Ngātoroirangi i haere ki ngā raorao ki te takahi waipuna i reira (JPS 1985:134). / Ngātoroirangi went into the undulating country to stamp for springs there.

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Waipunarangi

1. (personal noun) Electra - one of the stars in Te Kāhui o Matariki, the Pleiades star cluster. Sometimes as Waipuna-a-rangi. A star associated with rain.

E hāngai ana a Waipunarangi ki te ua, ā, ki te ākahukahu te āhua o te whetū nei, ka kaha kē atu te hekenga o te ua i taua tau i ō ētahi atu, ā, he waipuke ka matapaetia. Heoi, pēnā ka pīata, ka mārama hoki tōna āhua, ka iti iho te hekenga o te ua i taua tau i ō ētahi atu tau (Matariki 2017:60). / Waipunarangi is concerned with rain and if this star has an indistinctive appearance then the rainfall that year will be greater than in other years, and floods will be predicted. However, if it is bright and clearly visible the rainfall that year will be less than normal.

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