1. (verb) to be strong, able, capable, courageous, intense, energetic.
Kia kaha te mahi! / Work energetically!
Kua tino kaha kē tana hokohoko i waenganui i ngā kaipuke o ngā Pākehā; i kaha anō tana hiahia kia noho mai ngā Pākehā ki tōna takiwā (TTR 1990:116). / He was already heavily involved in trading with the ships of the Pākehā, and had a strong desire for Pākehā to settle in his area.
2. (verb) to be loud.
Kei te whakamoemiti atu te manu meroiti nei ki ētahi o ana kaitautoko e whiu mai nei i ngā hua kāramuramu hei oranga mōna kia kaha ai tana korokī i runga i tōna pae (KO 15/5/1885:4). / This small bird is thanking some of its sponsers who have tossed some karamū berries as sustenance so that its call on its perch will be loud.
4. (modifier) sheer, utter, constant, overwhelming - used to intensify or add emphasis to the quality or action when it is placed before another base, usually a verb or adjective. Does not usually follow immediately after a verb.
(Te Māhuri Textbook (Ed. 2): 65-66;)
5. (noun) ability, power, strength, energy, stamina, intensity, volume (sound), magnitude.
I tino whakamihi a Te Taute ki a Ngāti Porou mō tō rātou kaha ki te whakapai i ō rātou whenua, ki te whakatupu hipi, mō te papai o ā rātou teihana hipi, o ā rātou wūruheti (TP 12/1907:11). / Mr Stout gave great praise to Ngāti Porou for their energy in improving their land, raising sheep and for the good state of their sheep stations and woolsheds.
2. (noun) bravery, courage, brave warrior, confidence, endurance, fellow.
Nā Māhutonga i tohutohu mai ō koutou tūpuna, me te nui hoki o tō rātou māia, kia whakawhiti ora mai rātou i Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa, ki tēnei whenua (TP 7/1911:10). / It was the Southern Cross that guided our ancestors and with their bravery they were able to cross the Pacific Ocean safely to this country.
2. (adjective) be brave, bold, victorious, experienced, accomplished, adept, competent, skilful, capable.
4. (noun) warrior, brave man.
Nā reira ka āta whakatahi te iwi me i kore te hoariri e whai atu ki te ururua o te ngahere i tua atu o te pā, kia haupapatia ai e Heke me ana toa (TTR 1990:7). / And so the people deliberately withdrew in the hope that the enemy might follow into the undergrowth of the bush on the other side of the pā, so that they could be ambushed by Heke and his warriors.
5. (noun) male (of animals, birds, insects and plants).
He manu te kōmako; ka tangi ana i te awatea, ka tangi tētahi i konei, ka tangi tētahi i korā; nā, i te pō ka tangi ko tētahi anake, ka kīia ko tērā te toa (JPS 1956:201). / The bellbird is a bird which, when it sings in the daytime one will sing here another from somewhere else; and, when one sings alone in the night, that is said to be the male bird.
2. (noun) victory, triumph, win.
Tino itiiti nei ngā kapa neke atu i te kotahi wā e toa ana, ā, ko aua kapa, ko Waihīrere o te Tai Rāwhiti (e toru ngā toanga), ko Te Waka Huia (e toru ngā toanga), me Te Rōpū Manutaki (e rua ngā toanga) (HM 2/1994:1). / There are very few performance groups that have won more than once and those groups are Waihīrere of the East Coast (three victories), Te Waka Huia (three victories) and Te Rōpū Manutaki (two victories).
2. (noun) courage, bravery, daring, valour, pluck, gallantry.
2. (noun) adventurer.
1. (verb) (-tia) to act stoutheartedly, act valiantly, act intrepidly, act courageously.