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pou herenga

1. (noun) hitching post, mooring post, rallying point.

Nā, ka tū he Kīngi ko Pōtatau - he rākau hei pou herenga mō te tangata, mō te whenua, mō te tikanga (TAH 17/1956:17). / So Pōtatau was established as King - a rallying point for people, land and customs.

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2. (noun) repository of knowledge, authority.

Haere atu, te kaumātua mōrehu i roto o Heretaunga, i te mea ko koe anake te mōrehu kaumātua, te pou herenga o ngā kupu o roto o te ao tawhito (TTT 1/8/1928:825). / Farewell, the surviving elder from within Hawke's Bay because you alone were the last remaining elder, the repository of knowledge of the ancient world.

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3. (noun) basis, reference point.

He pou herenga atu tēnei nā Tūhoe i ōna kōrero o tōna tāhuhu kōrero me ōna tūtohu rohe whenua. / This is used as a reference point by Tūhoe in determining the occurrence of events in Tūhoe history and the location of tribal boundaries.

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pou herenga waka

1. (noun) mooring, canoe mooring post.

Nā rāua i ārai atu a Ngāti Maniapoto i roto i ngā pakanga maha. Ka rite rāua ki te pou herenga waka ki ō rāua iwi (M 2005:244). / The two of them resisted Ngāti Maniapoto in many battles. Thus they were likened to a canoe mooring post for their tribes.

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2. (noun) chief, leader - a figurative term for a chief.

Tērā kē te kupu mō te rangatira, te pou herenga waka, e kīia nei e ā tātou kupu poroporoaki ki te rangatira e mate ana, "Haere, haere, e te pou herenga waka." Ki te whati hoki te pou i herea ai te waka, kua tere te waka, waihoki ki te mate te rangatira, kua marara te iwi (TP 3/1910:4). / There is the saying for a chief, the canoe mooring post, which we say in our farewell speeches to a dying chief, "Farewell, Te Pou Herenga Waka." If the stake to which the canoe is tied breaks, the canoe will drift off; similarly if the chief dies the tribe will be disunited.

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