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pounamu Play

1. (adjective) be dark green.

He pounamu ngā rau o te karaka. / The leaves of the karaka tree are dark green.


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2. (noun) greenstone, nephrite, jade.

Ko ā rātou rākau patu tangata, he koikoi, he huata, he taiaha, he tewhatewha, he hoeroa; he mea tārai ki te toki pounamu, ki te toki kōhatu (JPS 1899:179). / Their man-killing weapons were spears, lances, taiaha, tewhatewha and long whale-bone weapons fashioned with greenstone and stone adzes.

See also pounemu


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3. (noun) glass bottle - named because early bottles were green like greenstone.

Kaua e tuhatuha haere, engari me tuha ki roto i tētahi ipu, pounamu rānei (TKO 11/1920:6). / Don't spit all over the place, but expectorate into a container or a bottle.


taha pounamu Play

1. (noun) blue shark, Prionace glauca -  sometimes as taha-pounamu or tahapounamu. Light-bodied with long pectoral fins. Body slender, tapering from the snout. The top of the body is deep blue, lighter on the sides, and the underside is white. The male blue shark commonly grows to 1.82 to 2.82 m at maturity, whereas the larger females commonly grow to 2.2 to 3.3 m. They feed primarily on small fish and squid, although they can take larger prey. Common throughout Aotearoa/New Zealand.

See also aupounamu


patu pounamu Play

1. (noun) greenstone hand weapon.

He mahi uaua te waihanga taiaha, me te oro patu pounamu (TTT 1/11/1925:331). / Making taiaha and sharpening greenstone hand weapons were difficult tasks.


mangō pounamu Play

1. (noun) blue shark, Prionace glauca -  light-bodied with long pectoral fins. Body slender, tapering from the snout. The top of the body is deep blue, lighter on the sides, and the underside is white. The male blue shark commonly grows to 1.82 to 2.82 m at maturity, whereas the larger females commonly grow to 2.2 to 3.3 m. They feed primarily on small fish and squid, although they can take larger prey. Common throughout Aotearoa/New Zealand.

See also aupounamu


papa pounamu Play

1. (noun) slab of greenstone, valued treasure.

Ko tā rātou whakataha ake, kia ngāwari ai tērā kupu whakatoi, he utu atu, 'He utu papa pounamu rānei!' (NIT 1995:203). / Their retort to soften the provocation was, 'The price of a real treasure!' (NIT 1995:202).


whakapapa pounamu Play

1. (verb) to cause to be like a smooth slab of greenstone, calm, smooth.

Arā anō ngā kōrero mō tētahi taniwha ka whakapapa pounamu i ngā ngaru nui mō te waka o Tainui (Te Ara 2017). / There is another story of a taniwha that calmed the great waves for the canoe of the Tainui people.
Kia hora te marino, kia whakapapa pounamu te moana, kia tere te kārohirohi i mua i tō huarahi (NP 2001:210). / May the calm be widespread, may the sea lie smooth as a slab of greenstone, may the shimmer of light guide you on your way. (A blessing for travellers.)


tatau pounamu Play

1. (noun) enduring peace, making of peace, peacemaking - literally ' greenstone door', a metaphor for lasting peace. When peace was made a precious gift was often made to symbolise the event.

Nā te mea he tama mōrehu, ka hoatu ko Huriwhenua tōna ingoa hei whakamaumaharatanga ki te tatau pounamu i waenganui i a Ngāi Tahu me Te Āti Awa i te tau 1844 (TTR 1994:100). / Because he was a surviving son, he was given the name Huriwhenua in commemoration of the making of peace between Ngāi Tahu and Te Āti Awa in 1844.


tīkape pounamu Play

1. (noun) bottle opener.

He tīkape pounamu tā kōrua? / Do you two have a bottle opener?


kuru pounamu Play

1. (noun) ornament of greenstone.

Ka rawe te iwi rangatira e noho rā, ka oti te whakakākahu ki ngā kākahu rangatira, he aurei katoa te here o ngā kākahu. Ko Tapuae, he paepaeroa, ko te māhiti ki waho. Kitea te nui o te aurei, o te kuru pounamu ki runga ki te pakihiwi o Tapuae, te here o ngā kākahu o te māhiti, me te wahine a Tapuae, he wahine rangatira hoki, he kākahu kiwi te kākahu, me ngā kōtore huia te rākai ki tahi taha, ki tahi taha, o te māhuna, ko te tiki ki te poho, ko ngā tautau tongarerewa ki tahi pakihiwi, ki tahi (TP 9/1908:3). / The aristocratic folk were gorgeous as they sat decked out in their grand clothes all fastened with ivory pins. There was Tapuae with a paepaeroa and a māhiti over it. An abundance of ivory pins and greenstone ornaments could be seen on Tapuae's shoulder, fastening his garments and his māhiti. His wife too, a well-born woman, was wearing a kiwi cloak, with tail feathers of the huia adorning both sides of her head, a tiki on her breast, and quite a cluster of greenstone drops on each shoulder.


mangō au pounamu Play

1. (noun) blue shark, Prionace glauca -  light-bodied with long pectoral fins. Body slender, tapering from the snout. The top of the body is deep blue, lighter on the sides, and the underside is white. The male blue shark commonly grows to 1.82 to 2.82 m at maturity, whereas the larger females commonly grow to 2.2 to 3.3 m. They feed primarily on small fish and squid, although they can take larger prey. Common throughout Aotearoa/New Zealand.

See also aupounamu


Aho o Te Kura Pounamu, Te Play

1. The Correspondence School - provides distance education from early childhood level to Year 13. Originally called Te Kura-ā-Tuhi.


kohuwai Play

1. (noun) Tyndaridea anomala - a greenish moss-like growth in slow-running fresh water.

Ko ōna makawe he kohuwai (W 1971:127). / Her hair was of the greenish moss-like growth of slow-running streams.


2. (noun) variety of pounamu.


kōrito Play

1. (modifier) flaxen, blond, fair-haired.

He aha te uru o tō tamaiti? Kāpātaua he uru kōrito, he kōrako, he uru ariki nō Pipi (JPS 1918:18). / What is the hair of your child like? If only it was the blond, fair, aristocratic hair of Pipi.


2. (noun) young unexpanded leaves (of plants such as the kiekie).

Ko te tāwhara ko te hua tēnei, ko te kōrito o te kiekie e tupu ana i runga i ngā rākau pūwharawhara (TWK 43:17). / The edible flower bracts and the young leaves of the kiekie grow on clumps of trees.


3. (noun) cooked raupō roots.


4. (noun) soft outer part of the shoulder-blade.


5. (noun) dark-green opaque variety of pounamu.


Waipounamu, Te Play

1. (location) South Island - sometimes written as Te Wai Pounamu, Te Wāhi Pounamu or Te Wāi Pounamu.

Ko tētehi o aua keke i waiho hei tukutuku ki ngā whanaunga, i ia wāhi, i ia wāhi o Aotearoa, o Te Waipounamu (TW 21/2/1876:72). / One of those cakes was left to be sent to relatives in each part of the North and South Islands.

See also Waka-o-Māui, Te, Waka-o-Aoraki, Te


2. (location) Greenstone Valley.


Waka-o-Aoraki, Te Play

1. (location) South Island - an ancient name for Te Wai Pounamu.

See also Waipounamu, Te


Kura-ā-Tuhi, Te Play

1. (noun) Correspondence School - provides distance education from early childhood level to Year 13. Now called Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu.


pahū Play

1. (verb) to burst, explode, pop.

Muri iho ka pahū katoa ake te kaipuke, pakaru rawa ana, totohu tonu iho (TWMNT 9/2/1875:35). / After that the ship exploded, broke up and sank.


2. (noun) bang, boom, loud noise, pop, booming.

Nā te āhua tonu o tana tinana, me te āhua anō o te pārua, ka paoro te 'pahū' ki ngā hau e whā (HM 4/1998:5). / Because of the nature of its body and the shape of the hollow, the booming resounds to the four winds.


Synonyms: tarawete, pākōkō, pakō, papā, pohū


3. (noun) gong - usually made of wood. Some were semi-hollowed logs suspended between trestles, some were made from semi-hollowed trees, while slabs of pounamu were suspended from trees and beaten.

Ko ngā pahū hākaro ka whakairihia (Wh3 2003:167). / The hollow gongs are suspended.
(Te Māhuri Textbook (Ed. 2): 167;)


4. (noun) drum.


pounemu Play

1. (noun) greenstone - a South Island dialect version of pounamu.

Ka tono pounemu rātau, ka tīkina kā pounemu (JPS 1901:90). / They asked for greenstone and some was brought.


roa Play

1. (noun) great spotted kiwi, Apteryx haastii - flightless, nocturnal endemic bird with hair-like feathers and a long bill with sensitive nostrils at the tip. Now found only on the northern West Coast of Te Wai Pounamu, the South Island.


tangiwai Play

1. (noun) translucent variety of greenstone, olive-green with streaks of white - found at Piopiotahi (Milford Sound) and Te Wai Pounamu (Greenstone Valley).

Heoi, whakamanawanui tonu, ka kitea ngā kōwhatu pounamu i konei e Hine-ahu; nō te tangihanga o Hine-ahu, koia te tangiwai (JPS 1914:8). / Nevertheless, they went on with stout hearts, and then Hine-ahu discovered some greenstone. Because of her lamentations it was called 'tangiwai'.


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