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atawhai

1. (verb) (-ngia,-tia) to show kindness to, care for.

Ka mauria a Ruatara ki tōna kāinga, ā, ka tiakina te tūroro, ā, ka atawhaitia a Ruatara, ora noa (TAH 14:10). / Ruatara was taken to his home where the patient, Ruatara, was looked after and received kind attention until he was well.

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See also atawhaitanga


2. (modifier) kindly, kind, generous, benevolent, hospitable.

He tangata atawhai nui ia ki te tāpae kai ki ngā tāngata katoa me ka tae ki tōna kāinga; e kore rawa hoki e tukua e ia te tira manuhiri kia haere ana, āpānoa kia takoto he hākari māna ki ia tangata ki ia tangata o rātou, te iti me te rahi (TWMNT 21/4/1874:95). / He was a generous person who provided food to everybody if they visited his village; he would never ever let a party of visitors leave until he had laid out a feast for each person, whether of lowly status or of importance.

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3. (noun) kindness, generosity, liberality, kindheartedness, benevolence.

He pai nōna, he aroha, he atawhai, he hūmārie, he pono nō āna kōrero. Kāore ana kōrero whakapatipati, kāore he kōrero rūpahu ((TTT 1/6/1925:239). / His good qualities were of compassion, generosity, affability and speaking the truth. He did not flatter or tell lies.

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Papa Atawhai, Te

1. Department of Conservation.

Ko te mahi a Te Papa Atawhai he tohutohu i tōna minita ki ngā take taiao, he whakahaere i ngā whenua rāhui o te Karauna (Te Ara 2012). / The task of The Department of Conservation is to give advice to its minister on conservation issues and also to administer protected Crown land.

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