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whakatū

1. (verb) (-hia,-ngia,-ria,-tia) to make stand, erect, put up, construct, raise, establish.

Me whakatū he pēke motuhake mā ngā Māori hei huarahi āwhina i ngā Māori ki runga i ngā mahi pāmu, hoko kau, hanga whare mō rātou, whakatū wheketere pata, mira kani rākau, mira haraheke, me ērā atu mahi e puta ai he painga mō te iwi Māori (TTT 1/10/1931:63). / Separate banks should be established as a way to help Māori with regard to farming, buying cows, building houses for themselves, establishing butter factories, sawmills, flax mills and those other activities that will benefit the Māori people.

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2. (verb) (-hia,-ngia,-ria,-tia) to elect, put on, instigate, appoint, place.

Mā te Kāwana e whakatū atu tētahi perehitini hei whakakapi mōna (TWMNT 30/10/1872:140). / The Governor will appoint a president as his replacement.

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3. (verb) (-hia,-ngia,-ria,-tia) to stop, pull up, bring to a halt.

Ka kite hoki taku tuakana i a au e tū ana i te taha o te huarahi i tō mātau kāinga, ka whakatū ia i ana hōiho, kia piki atu au ki runga i te rore, ka noho i tōna taha (HP 1991:22). / And when my elder brother saw me standing at the side of the road at our home he stopped his horses and I climbed onto the lorry and sat beside him.

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4. (modifier) erecting, establishing, instituting.

Ko te wāhi hou o tēnei pōti ko te whakaaetanga o te taha turaki i te waipiro kia utua te moni e whā miriona pauna me te hāwhe (£4,500,000) ki te rōpū whakatū hōtēra mehemea ka tupono te hinga o te taha whakatū waipiro i tēnei pōti (TKO 12/2/1919:3). / The new part of this election is the agreement of the alcohol prohibitionists to pay four and a half million pounds (£4,500,000) to the association erecting hotels if the side supporting alcohol happens to be defeated at this election.

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5. (noun) erection (of a building, etc.), election, establishment.

Ko te kaupapa i mārama ki tēnei komiti ko te whakatū i tētahi Māori hei pīhopa āwhina, hei tiaki i te taha Māori (TTT 1/5/1928:774). / The matter is clear to this committee is the establishment of a Māori as assistant bishop to care for the Māori aspect.

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Whakatū

1. (location) Nelson.

(Te Kākano Textbook (Ed. 2): 4;)

whakatū waewae

1. (noun) war dance - haka with weapons in which the men jump up and down. Performed by the war party before going into battle, in front of elders and experienced warriors who judged by their performance whether they were ready to go into battle. Also called tūtū ngārahu, tūtū ngārehu and tūtū waewae.

(Te Kōhure Textbook (Ed. 2): 65-68;)

Ka noho ki te haka, ki te whakatū waewae, ka whakatumatuma ake ki tā rātou tangata (TWK 3:15). / They set about performing posture dances and haka with weapons and acting defiantly up at their man.

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See also tūtū ngārahu

whakatū rākau

1. (verb) to practise with weapons, show weapon skills.

Ka tahuri atu a Te Whata-karaka ki a Te Iwi-tuaroa, ka mea ko ia e tū atu ki te whakatū rākau, i te mea hoki ko tērā kē o rāua te mea tino mōhio ki te mau taiaha (NIT 1995:359). / Te Whata-karaka turned to Te Iwi-tuaroa and told him to to demonstrate his weapon skills, because he was the one who knew how o wield a taiaha.

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2. (noun) weapon skill practice, weapon skill demonstration.

Mutu rawa tona whakatū rākau, kātahi ka tahuri atu ki te iwi, ka puta i konei ona kupu poroporoaki (TTT 1/12/1929:1940). / When he finally finished demonstrating his weapon kills he turned to the people and this as when he delivered his farewell speech.

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