2. (noun) a ceremony to remove tapu from a new house or canoe.
(Te Pihinga Textbook (Ed. 2): 170-171;)
3. (noun) karakia (ritual chants) and customs for the opening of new houses, canoes and other events.
Nā ngā kaumātua o Te Arawa i wewete ngā tapu o ōna whakairo, i karakia te karakia o te waere, te kawa, te toki, te takapou (TTT 1/10/1922:8). / The elders of Te Arawa removed the tapu from its carvings, recited the incantations of the waere (clearing the tapu of the building), of the kawa (calling on the powers to ruruku, or bind together, the uprights and rafters of the building), the toki (incantation addressed to the tree from which the carvings were made using the toki, or axe) and the takapou (incantation lifting the tapu to enable the entry of women into the house and spreading the mat of occupation and use).
4. (noun) marae protocol - customs of the marae and wharenui, particularly those related to formal activities such as pōhiri, speeches and mihimihi. This seems to be a modern extension of the word.
Kāti, nō te taenga mai o Kuīni Irihāpeti Te Tuarua ki Rotorua i te 2 o Hānuere 1954, takahia ana e Heke te kawa, he ruarua nei ngā miniti e hauoraora ake ana tana kōrero ki te Kuīni mō te takoha roera, arā, mō te tokotoko hiriwa (TTR 2000:27). / Well, when Queen Elizabeth II arrived at Rotorua on 2 January 1954, Heke broke protocol by speaking animately to the Queen for several minutes about the royal gift of the silver cane.
2. (stative) be unpalatable, acidic.
Nā te mahi a te ua kawa, ka pūnguru ētahi rawa hanga whare, ka māngeongeo te kiri o te tangata, ka kawa hoki ngā awa me ngā roto (TKI 7/2011). / Because of the action of the acid rain, some equipment for house building corrodes, a person's skin becomes itchy and the rivers and lakes are acidic.
1. (noun) bad attitude, sour disposition.
Ki hea noa iho tātou raruraru ai ki te rite tonu tō tātou ngākau kawa ki te reo o iwi kē. Kia mau tonu tātou ki ō tātou reo ā-iwi, engari kia kaua tērā e noho mai hei tīwatawata e raru ai tā tātou haere kōtui e ora tonu ai tō tātou reo Māori (HM 2/1996:2). / We will be in trouble if we have a sour attitude towards the language of other tribes. We should retain our dialects, but let's not let it be an obstacle obstructing our united progress whereby our Māori language thrives.
1. tapu removal ceremony, striking with a branch of kawakawa, performing the kawa ceremony - when dedicating a new building or canoe.
Nāna i whakahaere ngā mahi taka kai mō te whakatuwheratanga o te whare nui i Waitangi i Pēpuere o te tau 1940, ā, tomokia ana hoki e ia te paepae, i te tānga o te kawa o taua whare (TTR 2000:41). / She organised catering for the opening of the meeting house at Waitangi in February 1940 and crossed the threshold first in the tapu removal ceremony of that house.
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1. (noun) tapu removal ceremony, striking with a branch of kawakawa, performing the kawa ceremony - when dedicating a new building or canoe.
1. (verb) to strike with a branch of kawakawa, perform the kawa ceremony - when dedicating a new building or canoe.
1. (location) The location of a large hui in 1857 in the Ngāti Maniapoto territory where confirmation of the selection of Pōtatau Te Wherowhero as the first Māori King. It was also affirmed that the Kingship was to be hereditary in his family. Pōtatau had been selected as King at Pūkawa on the western shore of Lake Taupō in November 1856.
(Te Kōhure Textbook (Ed. 2): 1-34; Te Kōhure Video Tapes (Ed. 1): 1;)