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punga Play

1. (verb) (-tia) to anchor, fix with an anchor.

Ka mahia te kaupapa raupō ... ka hoea taua kaupapa ki te au o te awa punga ai (White 5 1888:68). / The raupō raft was made and then it was paddled into the current of the river to anchor it.


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2. (verb) (-tia) to secure.

E whakaae ana te Poari o Te Arawa mā rātou e punga te moni e £250 i ia tau mō ngā tau e rima, mō te oranga o te Pīhopa Māori (TTT 1/6/1928:794). / The Board of Te Arawa agrees that they will secure £250 each year for five years for the Māori Bishop's stipend.


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3. (verb) (-a) to fall (of kōwhai flowers).

Ka pungā te kōwhai (W 1971:311). / The kōwhai flowers have fallen.


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4. (noun) anchor, lump, swelling.

Kua eke te punga, kua mau ki ngā hoe, kua kori katoa, kua korero i tō rātou reo (TP 1/1911:5). / When the anchor was aboard, they took hold of their oars and they all moved into action and spoke their language.


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5. (noun) tarsal, ankle bone.

He pona kaurori te punga e hono atu ana ki te takakaha me te kapiti (RP 2009:348). / The tarsal is the pivot joint joining the tibia and the fibula.


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6. (noun) collateral, security for a loan or a debt.

He mea tuku atu nei e Niniwa aua taonga rā ki te kaitaupua moni, hei punga mō te moni whakatārewa (TTR 2000:26). / Niniwa gave those heirlooms to the pawnbroker as collateral for loans.


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7. (noun) odd number.

E rua tekau ngā tāngata, kotahi punga (W 1971:310). / Twenty-one people.


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8. (noun) eel trap, eel-catching basket.

Ka oti aua punga nei, ka hoatu he poa, arā, he māunu mō roto i aua punga (White 2 1889:112). / When the eel-catching baskets were completed, an enticement was provided, that is bait was placed inside those eel traps.


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9. (noun) particle - a small grammatical word that comes before or after a base (i.e. a word that contains the main meanings of a sentence). Some particles indicate grammatical relationships and functions, but other particles limit and define the meaning of bases. Particles that come before bases include: ka, i, te, ki te, kei, tō, taku, o, a, e, mō, nā, he, te. Particles that come after bases include: nei, nā, rā, ana, ai.

Punga: Ngā kupu iti, kikokore o te reo ka tuitui haere i ngā kupu kiko e oti ai he kīanga whai tikanga, he rerenga whai tikanga (HJ 2015:12). / Particles: The small words of the language that lack real meaning but tie together the meaningful words to complete a meaningful phrase or sentence.


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10. (noun) coral - a general name.


Punga Play

1. (personal name) an atua, son of Tangaroa and ancestor of reptiles and some fish such as sharks, lizards and stingrays. He had two sons, Ikatere and Tū-te-wehiwehi. Ikatere fled to the sea to escape the wrath of Tāwhiri-mātea and is the ancestor of fish, while Tū-te-wehiwehi took refuge with Tāne-mahuta in the forests and is the ancestor of such reptiles as lizards.

Nā Tangaroa tonu hoki ko Punga, nā Punga tokorua o āna, ko Ika-tere, ko Tū-te-wehiwehi, ko tētahi ingoa ōna ko Tū-te-wanawana, e rua ōna ingoa (NM 1928:2). / From Tangaroa came Punga and Punga had two children, Ika-tere and Tū-te-wehiwehi, also called Tū-te-wanawana. He had two names.

See also Ika-tere, atua, Tū-te-wehiwehi


pūnga Play

1. (noun) reason, cause, origin, base.

Tūmanako tonu te ngākau o Tōpia kia whiwhi anō rātou i te tai moana o te awa o Whanganui, ka noho ko ōna pā kei te tata tonu ki Pipiriki hei pūnga māna i te kōkiritanga (TTR 1994:195). / Tōpia wanted to reclaim the Whanganui coast and his pā remained quite close to Pipiriki as his bases from which to attack.


punga kura Play

1. (noun) red coral, Errina sp. - occurs in deep water off the coast of Stewart Island and the Chatham Islands. Elegantly branched of pink or red colour.


wētā punga Play

1. (noun) giant wētā, Deinacrida spp. - the nine different species are all endangered. They eat leaves and have five to seven pairs of big spines on their back legs and a saddle-like shield on the neck wider than its head.

See also wētā


iohere punga Play

1. (noun) Achilles tendon.

Ko te iohere punga te iohere roa rawa atu o te tinana, hei hono i ngā uaua o te takapū ki te rekereke (RP 2009:425). / The Achilles tendon is the longest tendon of the body and it joins the muscles of the calf to the heel.


pūnga iahiko Play

1. (noun) capacitor.


punga moana Play

1. (noun) cup coral, Caryophillia profunda - simple corals, each cup representing the skelton base of a polyp. Found in deep water.


one-punga Play

1. (noun) light soil, light soil lacking substance.

Ka ui mai a Tamatea, “Pēwhea ake te tuawhenua?” Ka mea atu a Ngātoro', "He one-tai ētahi wāhi, he one-matua ētahi wāhi, he one-tuatara, he paraumu, he one-rere, he one-punga, he one-haruru, he one-puia, he one-kirikiri, he one-pōwhatu, he one-takataka, ētahi wāhi." (JPS 1915:1). / Tamatea asked, “What kind of land is this?” Ngātoro' replied, “It is good, some parts are alluvial soils, some parts are loamy soils, others stiff brown soils, others dark friable soils, free draining soils, light spongy soils, light sandy soils, red volcanic soils, gravelly soils, stony soils, and some parts are friable soils.”


Aitanga a Punga, Te Play

1. (noun) insects and reptiles.


Te Punga o Te Waka o Tamarēreti Play

1. (personal noun) The Southern Cross, sometimes referred to as the anchor for Te Waka o Tamarēreti (Tamarēreti's canoe).

See also Māhutonga, Taki-o-Autahi, Te


Ika-tere Play

1. (personal name) son of Punga and grandchild of the atua, Tangaroa. He fled to the sea with his children, the fish, to escape the wrath of Tāwhiri-mātea.

Nā Tangaroa tonu hoki ko Punga, nā Punga tokorua o āna, ko Ika-tere, ko Tū-te-wehiwehi, ko tētahi ingoa ōna ko Tū-te-wanawana, e rua ōna ingoa (NM 1928:2). / From Tangaroa came Punga and Punga had two children, Ika-tere and Tū-te-wehiwehi, also called Tū-te-wanawana. He had two names.

See also atua


wētā Play

1. (noun) wētā - large insects of various species found in trees and caves. There are five broad groups of wētā: tree wētā (pūtangatanga), ground wētā, cave wētā (tokoriro), giant wētā (wētā punga) and tusked wētā. They are active at night and all Aotearoa/New Zealand species are wingless. The females have a long, egg-laying spike at the back.

Ka toa ko Tāne. Whāia, nāna te tini o ngā tamariki a Whiro i kāhaki ki te whenua - te waeroa, te namupoto, te naonao, te wētā, te pepe, te rango, te kōwhitiwhiti (Te Ara 2013). / Tāne was victorious and took Whiro’s many birds and insects down to earth - mosquitoes, small sandflies, midges, stick insects and praying mantises, wētā, moths and butterflies, blowflies and grasshoppers.

See also pūtangatanga, tokoriro, wētā punga


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