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hei aha

1. (particle) what for?.

(Te Kākano Textbook (Ed. 2): 76;)

Hei aha ēnā moni? / What's that money for?

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hei aha!

1. (particle) don't take any notice! never mind! don't bother! it doesn't matter.

(Te Kākano Textbook (Ed. 2): 99; Te Pihinga Textbook (Ed. 2): 106; Te Pihinga Audio Tapes/CDs (Ed. 2): exercise 40; Te Kōhure Video Tapes (Ed. 1): 126, 235;)

Hei aha te inu pia! / Don't bother with beer drinking!

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hei aha koa

1. nevertheless.

Hei aha koa, he mea nui ki te tangata whenua ōna kaha i whakapaua e ia, me tana whaiaro (TTR 1996:144). / Nevertheless, his efforts and personality were appreciated by the local people.

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2. never mind, don't take any notice, don't bother, it doesn't matter, don't worry.

Ka mea mai tō mātau Haihana-Meiha, "Hai aha koa. Kāore e taea te pēhea, e Hēmi." (HP 1991:137). / Our Sergeant-Major said, "Don't worry. Nothing could be done, Hēmi."

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hei aha [tāu]

1. I don't care what you say, never mind that - used to emphasise that the speaker will take no notice of a suggestion because it has no value.

(Te Pihinga Teachers' Manual (Ed. 2): 126;)

Kāore au e pai ki a Timi, he pākira rawa nō tōna rae. Hei aha tāu, he tangata hūmārie ia. / I don't like Tim. He's too bald. I don't care, he's a handsome man.

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hei aha atu

1. don't bother! don't let it bother you! it didn't bother us, don't take any notice - an idiom to suggest that the listener should take no notice of what someone else has said or done because it is of no value.

(Te Pihinga Textbook (Ed. 2): 106; Te Pihinga Audio Tapes/CDs (Ed. 2): exercise 40;)

Tae mai te hāora ki te hoki, kua tata pōuri kē, engari hei aha atu. (TWK 15:13). / When the time arrived to return, it was already nearly dark, but it didn't bother us.

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See also hei aha (noa iho), hei aha (atu) [māu], hei aha (atu) mā wai?

hei aha [māku] te

1. what's the point, it doesn't matter to me, it's not for me - an idiom used to indicate that the matter is not the concern of the speaker, or someone else. In this usage te is followed by a verb.

Hei aha māku te whakahuahua atu i ngā ingoa, otirā, tautoko i te āhuatanga o te reo whakamihimihi i puta i tō tātou Minita mō ō koutou mātua, rātou kua poupou ki te matemate (NZP 29/3/2012:1530). / It is not for me to name you individually but rather to endorse the welcoming sentiments expressed by our Minister in respect of your forefathers who have passed on (NZP 29/3/2012:1530).
Hei aha mā tāua te kōrero ki a ia? (HKK 1999:78). / What's the point of talking to her?

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hei aha (koa/noa iho)

1. be that as it may, nevertheless, what for, what does it matter? so what? anyway, no matter - an idiom indicating that there is nothing to worry about or that there is no point in pursuing a particular activity.

Ai! I wareware i a au taku pukapuka. Hei aha koa. Kei a au tāku. / Heck! I've forgotten my book. It doesn't matter. I have mine.

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hei aha (atu) [māu]

1. don't worry about it, don't let it bother you, you don't need, why should you care, mind your own business - an idiom indicating a lack of concern or relevance.

Kua pōuri au i ngā kōrero a Ani. Hei aha māu ngā kōrero a tēnā wahine weriweri. / I'm upset about what Ann said. Don't worry about what that horrible woman says.
Hei aha atu māu tā rātou e kī nei. / Don’t pay any attention to what they’re saying.
Hei aha atu mā rātou. / They shouldn't be worried about it.

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See also hei aha (noa iho), hei aha atu, hei aha (atu) mā wai?

hei aha (noa iho)

1. there's no point, don't bother, don't worry about it - an idiom indicating that there is no point in pursuing a particular activity.

Homai tō poraka. Māku e kānihi. Hei aha. He moumou tāima. / Give me your jersey, please. I'll mend it. There's no point. It's a waste of time.
Inā nōnā anō tōna hē hei aha noa iho i aroha atu ai. / When it’s her own fault then let’s not have any sympathy.

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hei aha (atu) mā wai?

1. who cares? - an idiom to suggest that the listener should take no notice of what someone else has said or done because it is of no value.

Ka mea mai ki a au, "Hai aha mā wai? Kia tere tonu tō rere ki roto i te awa." (HP 1991:20). / He said to me, "Who cares? Hurry up and get into the water."
Pare: Kāore au e pīrangi tū ki te kōrero, kei kitea taku kūware. Rangi: Hei aha atu mā wai? Nōu tēnei marae - e tū koe! (HKK 1999:77). / Pare: I don't want to stand to speak, in case my ignorance is seen. Rangi: Who cares? This marae belongs to you - you stand!

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hai aha?

1. (particle) what for? – variation of hei aha?.

Hai aha tō oka? / What's your butcher's knife for?

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hai aha!

1. (interjection) don't take any notice, never mind - variation of hei aha!.

Nō taku kainga atu, kāore i pai ki a au, he kawa rawa. Hai aha, kai tonu au (HP 1991:156). / When I ate them I didn't like them, they were too sour. Despite that, I still ate them.

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