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1. (verb) (-ngia) to set (of the sun).

Ka , haere tonu i te pō, ao rawa ake i Te Whakakī, rawa atu i Mōhaka haere tonu i te pō, ao rawa ake i Kaiarero (Petane), haere tonu, rawa ake i Te Matau-a-Māui, arā ki Pourere (JPS 1926:97). / When darkness came they journeyed on through the night; when day arrived they had reached Te Whakakī; when night came they were at Mōhaka; they kept on throughout the night, when day came they were at Kaiarero (Petane); still they travelled on, and night found them at Hawkes Bay, that is at Pourere.

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2. (noun) darkness, night.

I te pēnā tonu te āhua o ngā tiriti me te pene hipi te apiapi (TP 2/1901:12). / At night the streets seemed to be as crowded as a sheep pen.

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3. (noun) place of departed spirits, underworld - the abode of the dead.

Ko te tino hiahia hoki, kia puta atu ngā kōrero katoa a ō koutou tūpuna kua mene ki te (TTT 1/11/1930:2189). / And the main wish is to publish all the narratives of your ancestors who have gathered in the world of death.

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wheko pō

1. (noun) South Island robin, Petroica australis - a tame, inquisitive, small bird of the bush with dark slate-grey feathers and long thin legs and a white breast.

See also kakaruwai

Pō Hākene

1. (loan) (location) Sydney (obsolete).

pō tāriana

1. (loan) (noun) stag night.

pō mārie

1. good night - a modern usage not used by some native speakers.

ata pō

1. (noun) before dawn.

I te ata pō ka mānu te poti whakaora otirā i te nui o te ngaru kāhore i tata atu, heoi ka mānu noa iho me te karanga mai anō ngā tāngata o te kaipuke kia tīkina atu rātou, ka tata rātou te mate (TP 11/1905:8). / Before dawn the lifeboat was launched but because the waves were so big they couldn't approach it so they held off while the people on the ship called to be rescued as they were about to die.

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ahiahi pō

1. (location) late afternoon, evening.

I te ahiahi pō, nōna tonu te whakaaro, i haria e ia he ope iti huri atu ai mā te taha whakarua o te tohu whenua nei (TTR 2000:114). / Late in the afternoon he decided that he would take a small party round the north-eastern side of the feature.

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ngākihi pō

1. (noun) black-edged limpet, Notoacmea pileopsis - underside of the shell has a black edge. Common along the splash zone near high tide.

tūruawaenga pō

1. (noun) middle of the night, midnight.

Heoi takoto ana a Hamahona ā tūruawaenga pō; kātahi ia ka whakatika i waenganui pō (PT Kaiwhakariterite16:3). / And Samson lay till midnight, and arose at midnight.

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weheruatanga pō

1. (noun) midnight, middle of the night.

E whā ngā mati hei whakaatu i te wā-24. Ko te mati tuatahi me te tuarua hei whakaatu i te haora i muri i te weheruatanga pō. Ko te mati tuatoru me te tuawhā hei whakaatu i ngā meneti i muri i taua haora (TRP 2010:315). / There are four digits to show 24 hour time. The first two digits show the number of hours past midnight. The third and fourth digits show the number of minutes after that hour (TRP 2010:315).

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pō mihimihi

1. (noun) final night at a tangihanga when informal farewells to the deceased are made.

I te pō i mua o te tanumanga o te tūpāpaku, ka hui ngā tāngata katoa ki mua i te wharemate whakangahau ai i te whānau pani, ā, ki te whakanui i te tūpāpaku. E kīia ana ko te pō mihimihi tēnei. / On the night before the burial of the deceased, everybody gathers in front of the wharemate to entertain the breaved family and to honour the deceased. This is called the pō mihimihi (night of greetings).

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pō mimi

1. (loan) (noun) potty, chamber pot.

I a ia kua tino koroheke nei, kua tō haere ōna waewae, ka panaia e ia ngā pō mimi a te Pākehā. Ka ngana tonu kia tae ia ki te wharepaku (EM 2002:27). / When he had become very elderly dragging his legs, he would banish the chamber pots of the Pākehā. He still strived to reach the toilet.

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weherua pō

1. (noun) midnight.

I te weherua pō i haere ai kōrua (TPH 15/10/1901:3). / It was at midnight that you two went off.

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tūruawaenganui pō

1. (noun) middle of the night, midnight.

tūruawē pō

1. (noun) middle of the night, midnight.

Nā, nō te tūruawē pō, ka piki a Tūtānekai rāua ko tōna hoa ko Tiki ki runga ki tō rāua atamira; i reira ka tango tētehi ki te tōrino, ko tētehi ki te kōauau (JPS 1933:238). / Then in the middle of the night Tūtānekai and his friend Tiki climbed onto their platform; there one took the tōrino, the other the kōauau.

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waenganui pō

1. (location) midnight, middle of the night.

I waenganui pō, ka haere au ki te titiro haere i ngā hēteri mehemea kei te tika tā rātau mahi (HP 1991:179). / In the middle of the night I went to check on the sentries to see if they were doing their job correctly.

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ao te pō, pō te ao

1. all the time, day and night, around the clock.

Ao te pō, pō te ao, heoi anō tāu he amuamu. / Day and night, all you do is moan.

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i waenganui pō

1. midnight.

Ka tae ki Awarua, ka whakaeke atu rātou ko tōna whānau ki runga ki tētahi poti hī ika i waenganui pō (TTR 1996:71). / When they reached Bluff, she and her family would board a fishing boat at midnight.

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i tētahi pō

1. (noun) one night.

I tētahi pō, ka whakaritea ko au tētahi o ngā hēteri tiaki i ngā herehere (HP 1991:113). / One night I was appointed to be one of the sentries guarding the prisoners.

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pō tūnga kotahi

1. one night stand, one night engagement, one-nighter.

Ka kite anō kōrua i a kōrua, he pō tūnga kotahi noa iho rānei? / Will you two see each other again or was it just a one night stand?

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