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mihi

1. (verb) (-a,-ngia,-tia) to greet, pay tribute, acknowledge, thank.

I muri iho ka heke te wahine nōna nei te whare ki te kīhini, ā, mihi ana ki te kuki mō te āhua pai ake o ngā kai e tunua ana e ia (TKO 30/6/1920:3). / Afterwards the woman who owned the house went down to the kitchen and thanked the cook for the somewhat superior food he was cooking.

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Synonyms: whakamihi, tūtohu


2. (verb) to sigh for, lament, grieve for.

Nōwhea i rongo a Turi. Tohe tonu ki te kāhaki i a ia. Nō reira i mihi a Tuai ki ana tamariki, ki tana wahine (NM 1928:94). / Turi would not listen. He persisted in carrying them off. So Tuai grieved for his children and his wife.

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3. (noun) speech of greeting, acknowledgement, tribute.

Kātahi ka tū te tohunga o te ope, arā o te iwi nōna te toma, kātahi ka tīmata te mihi (JPS 1926:28). / Then the tohunga of the group, that is of the people that the resting place for the bones belonged to would now begin the greeting.

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Synonyms: tūtohunga

Mihi

1. (loan) (personal name) Miss, Missy.

Nō te 10 o Hepetema, 1878, i mārenatia ai a Mihi Rata ki a Te Kehipata... (TW 14/9/1878:6/458). / On the 10th September, 1878, Miss Russell was married to Mr Gainsford...

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Mihi

1. (loan) (personal name) Mrs.

...ā i runga anō hoki a Tā Wiremu Mātenga rāua ko Mihi Mātenga (TW 17/8/1878:8/412). / Also present were Sir William Martin and Mrs Martin.

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mihi whakatau

1. (noun) speech of greeting, official welcome speech - speech acknowledging those present at a gathering. For some tribes a pōhiri, or pōwhiri, is used for the ritual of encounter on a marae only. In other situations where formal speeches in Māori are made that are not on a marae or in the wharenui (meeting house) the term mihi whakatau is used for a speech, or speeches, of welcome in Māori.

ngā mihi

1. acknowledgements.

Synonyms: he mihi

he mihi

1. (noun) acknowledgements.

Synonyms: ngā mihi

Mihi-ki-te-kapua

1. (personal name) (?-?1880) Tūhoe, Ngāti Ruapani; composer.

ngā mihi o te tau hou

1. happy new year, greetings for the new year.

whaikōrero

1. (verb) (-tia) to make a formal speech.

Mutu ana te tangi, kei runga ngā kaumātua, kei te whaikōrero ki te manuhiri (TP 4/1907:7). / As soon as the weeping ended the elders are up and making speeches to the guests.

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See also whai kī, whaikupu, whaikī


2. (noun) oratory, oration, formal speech-making, address, speech - formal speeches usually made by men during a pohiri and other gatherings. Formal eloquent language using imagery, metaphor, whakataukī, pepeha, kupu whakaari, relevant whakapapa and references to tribal history is admired. The basic format for whaikōrero is: tauparapara (a type of karakia); mihi ki te whare tupuna (acknowledgement of the ancestral house); mihi ki a Papatūānuku (acknowledgement of Mother Earth); mihi ki te hunga mate (acknowledgement of the dead); mihi ki te hunga ora (acknowledgement of the living); te take o te hui (purpose of the meeting). Near the end of the speech a traditional waiata is usually sung.

(Te Kōhure Textbook (Ed. 2): 243-247;)

Nā Rēweti Kōhere te whaikōrero mō tēnei take, ā ko tēnei hoki te tino take i kōrerotia i tēnei hui (TP 3/1904:10). / Rēweti Kōhere spoke about this matter and this was the main topic discussed at this meeting.

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3. (noun) oral evidence.

I tino kaha te tahuri o ngā Kaiwhakawā ki te whiriwhiri i ngā whaikōrero i tukuna ai ki te Kōti i ngā whakawā e rua (RT 2013:103). / The Judges set about vigorously discussing the oral evidence submitted to the Court in the two cases.

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