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tōtara

1. (noun) tōtara, Podocarpus totara, Podocarpus cunninghamii - large forest trees with prickly, olive-green leaves not in two rows. Found throughout Aotearoa/New Zealand. Trees are either male or female with the female producing bright red fruit. Popular timber for carving. The reddish-brown bark peels in long strips and is used for the outside covering of pōhā.

(Te Pihinga Textbook (Ed. 2): 14-16;)

He tōtara ngā rākau o tō mātau whare nō Tutaemātuatua ngāherehere koia nei anake hoki te ngāherehere tōtara e tipu ana i tō mātau takiwā i tērā wā (HP 1991:12). / The timber of our house was tōtara from Tutaemātuatua forest and that was the only tōtara forest growing in our district at that time.

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2. (noun) sea-tree, antipatharian coral, Aphanipathes sp. - looks like a gnarled shrub. Attaches to the sea-bottom and grows to about 1.5-2 m high with branches. The polyps are minute and arranged on feather-like portions. Found at 75-180 m deep on a rocky base.

māhuri tōtara

1. (noun) young chief - often used as an expression of endearment.

I a ia e kōtirotiro ana, ka tūtaki ki a Te Ngaru, he māhuri tōtara nō Ngāti Te Tākinga (TTR 1994:142). / While she was a young girl, she met Te Ngaru, a young chief of Ngāti Te Tākinga.

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tōtara papa

1. (noun) pātōtara, dwarf mingimingi, Leucopogon fraseri - a very small shrub up to 15 cm high. The small leaves are very close-set with a sharp stiff point at the apex. The fruit are yellowish-orange when ripe.

See also pātōtara

tōtara tāhuna

1. (noun) pātōtara, dwarf mingimingi, Leucopogon fraseri - a very small shrub up to 15 cm high. The small leaves are very close-set with a sharp stiff point at the apex. The fruit are yellowish-orange when ripe.

tōtara pārae

1. (noun) pātōtara, dwarf mingimingi, Leucopogon fraseri - a very small shrub up to 15 cm high. The small leaves are very close-set with a sharp stiff point at the apex. The fruit are yellowish-orange when ripe.

pātiki tōtara

1. (noun) yellowbelly flounder, Rhombosolea leporina - distinguished from other flounder by its distinctive yellow blind-side colouration, elongate body and deeply split anterior dorsal and pelvic fin rays. Endemic to coastal Aotearoa/New Zealand and the Chatham Islands from subtidal to depths of 25 m in bays, estuaries and brackish coastal lakes.

Tōtara-nui

1. (location) Queen Charlotte Sound.

tōtara kiri kōtukutuku

1. (noun) New Zealand cedar, Libocedrus plumosa - a tall native tree with a cone-shaped head of heavy, almost horizontally spreading branches. The trunk is without branches for some distance above the ground and has thin, parchment-like bark which falls in long strips. The leaves are rich green, compressed and flattened, giving a feathery effect.

See also kawaka

tōtara wāhi rua

1. (verb) to be divided, split - used of a tribe or group of people.

I taua wā anō, ka tōtara wāhi rua te Kīngitanga (TTR 1994:151). / At that time the King movement was divided.

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Tōtara-i-āhua

1. (location) One Tree Hill (Auckland) - this alternative name comes from the name of the tōtara tree that grew on Maungakiekie, after which the mountain gained its Pākehā name of One Tree Hill. The original tree was cut down for firewood and replaced by a pine tree.

amoka

1. (noun) tōtara, Podocarpus totara, Podocarpus cunninghamii - large forest trees with prickly, olive-green leaves not in two rows. Found throughout Aotearoa/New Zealand. Trees are either male or female with the female producing bright red fruit. Popular timber for carving. The reddish-brown bark peels in long strips and is used for the outside covering of pōhā. A South Island name.

See also tōtara

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