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māngai

1. (noun) mouth.

Kātahi ra anō ka hamumu atu te māngai o tuawahine ki te kuia raka, ka mea atu ia, "Kei whea koia te kāinga o Te Whatuiāpiti?" (NM 1928:138). / Then finally our heroine spoke to that elderly woman and she asked, "Just where is Te Whatuiāpiti's home?"

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2. (noun) spokesperson, speaker, representative, orator, agent, delegate, consul.

Ahakoa ana kupu whakatītina mai i mōhio tonu au e kore au e kaha, nō reira noho ana ko ia hei māngai mō mātou o tō mātou nā tira (HM 4/2009:1). / Despite his words of encouragement I knew I would not be able to, and so he remained as orator for us and our party.

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3. (noun) muzzle, barrel (of a gun).

Na, kātahi au ka whai haere i te manu, ka tuki ki te raparapa o taku pū, ko taku ringa katau i runga i te māngai o te pū, ko te kōroa me te māpere i roto i ngā māngai o te pū. He tūpara hou tonu te pū nei. Kātahi ka rāoa te keu. Ka oho te pū, ka pakū, me te māpere o te ringa katau, riro atu! (TAH 63:8). / Then I pursued the bird, striking at it with the butt of my gun, my right hand over the muzzle of the gun, the first and second fingers inside the barrels. The gun was a new double-barrelled one. Then the trigger caught against something. The gun discharged and blew the second finger of my right hand clean off!

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Synonyms: arahāmoa

māngai kāwanatanga

1. (loan) (noun) ambassador, government representative, high commissioner.

Hopu atu a Tā Hāmi Ārena, te māngai kāwanatanga, ka whakahokia atu aua koha nei me tētehi reta mārō e whakamārama ana, arā, mehemea kīhai i tukua atu aua koha nei mā te ara tika, ā, i runga anō i te tūtohu a te kāwanatanga o Aotearoa, kāti, tē taea e te Piriniha te tango (TTR 1996:243). / These were returned to the high commissioner, Sir James Allen, with a stiff note explaining that if those gifts were not given in the correct way and with the consent of the New Zealand government the Prince was not able to take them.

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Māngai Pāho, Te

1. (noun) Māori Broadcasting Funding Agency.

I te tau 1993, ka whakatūria Te Māngai Pāho. / The Māori Broadcasting Funding Agency was established in 1993.

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