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waewae

1. (noun) leg, foot, footprint.

Ā he mea herehere ngā waewae o Ihaka e Rīhari ki te mekameka hiriwa (TW 23/11/1878:589). / And Richard bound Issac’s feet in silver chains.

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waewae

1. (noun) rough skate, Zearaja nasuta - a medium-sized skate with thick, muscular pectoral fins. Brownish to greyish, sometimes olive, usually with many white spots. endemic to Aotearoa/New Zealand waters, usually at depths of 60-600 m.

See also whai

Synonyms: uku

waewae kākā

1. (noun) carrier tangle, parasol fern, Gleichenia microphylla - fronds erect to about 100 cm high or scrambling to about 200 cm. Stipes red-brown. Found on swampy or poor clay soils and around thermal areas in open scrubland.

tū waewae

1. (noun) war dance - haka in which the men are armed and jump up and down. Performed by the war party before going into battle, in front of elders and experienced warriors who judged by their performance whether they were ready to go into battle. Also called tūtū ngārehu, tūtū waewae and whakatū waewae.

Nō te mutunga o te tū waewae, ka mea ngā Pākehā kia whakaputaina tētahi kupu whakaaroha mā rātou ki ō rātou hoa Māori (TWM 18/11/1869:2) / When the war dance ended, the Pākehā asked to express some words of affection for their Māori companions.

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See also tūtū ngārahu

tūtū waewae

1. (noun) a type of haka in which the men are armed and jump up and down. Performed by the war party before going into battle, in front of elders and experienced warriors who judged by their performance whether they were ready to go into battle. Also called tūtū ngārahu, tūtū ngārehu and whakatū waewae.

Kātahi ka tūria te haka me te tūtū waewae, mutu ana i konā (TWMNT 21/4/1874:99). / Then a posture dance and a tūtū waewae were performed and that's where it ended.

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whakatū waewae

1. (noun) war dance - haka with weapons in which the men jump up and down. Performed by the war party before going into battle, in front of elders and experienced warriors who judged by their performance whether they were ready to go into battle. Also called tūtū ngārahu, tūtū ngārehu and tūtū waewae.

(Te Kōhure Textbook (Ed. 2): 65-68;)

Ka noho ki te haka, ki te whakatū waewae, ka whakatumatuma ake ki tā rātou tangata (TWK 3:15). / They set about performing posture dances and haka with weapons and acting defiantly up at their man.

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hanara waewae

1. (loan) (noun) jandal.

waewae hao

1. (stative) be bandy-legged.


2. (noun) bandy-legged person.

waewae mātotoru

1. (adjective) be heavy-footed.

Ka rongo tonu koe i a ia e haere mai ana, he waewae mātotoru (PK 2008:1044). / You will hear her coming because she is heavy-footed.

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waewae rākau

1. (noun) stilts.

Ka kainga te pōporo whakamarumaru o Uenuku e ngā tama a Hou. Ka kitea e Uenuku ki te werohanga a ngā waewae rākau o Tamatekapua rāua ko tōna taina (TP 1/1913:4). / The sons of Hou ate the breadfruit of Uenuku's sheltering tree. Uenuku discovered the imprints of the stilts of Tamatekapua and his younger brother.

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waewae tapu

1. (noun) newcomer, rare visitor - a person who has not been to a particular marae or place before.

Tohaina atu rā ēnei maioha, ēnei kupu whakamihi āku, a Te Taiti Te Tomo, ki ngā iwi o Te Tai Rāwhiti, arā, ki a Porourangi rāua ko Te Poho o Rāwiri mō ngā manaaki maha i uhia nei ki runga i ngā ope waewae tapu ki runga i ōu marae maha (TTT 1/4/1930:2035). / Distribute these affectionate greetings, these words of thanks of mine, of Te Taite Te Tomo, to the peoples of the East Coast, that is to Porourangi and Te Poho o Rāwiri, for the hospitality bestowed on the groups of newcomers onto your many marae.

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whiringa waewae

1. (stative) be cross-legged.

waewae whiri

1. (noun) cross-legged.

Ko te tiki te hei rongonui rawa, ka rite tōna āhua ki tētahi tangata e noho ana me ōna waewae whiri (Te Ara 2013). / The most well-known neck pendant is the tiki, which is shaped like a figure sitting cross-legged.

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waewae kōtuku

1. (noun) carrier tangle, parasol fern, Gleichenia microphylla - fronds erect to about 100 cm high or scrambling to about 200 cm. Stipes red-brown. Found on swampy or poor clay soils and around thermal areas in open scrubland.

See also waewae kākā

waewae matuku

1. (noun) carrier tangle, parasol fern, Gleichenia microphylla - fronds erect to about 100 cm high or scrambling to about 200 cm. Stipes red-brown. Found on swampy or poor clay soils and around thermal areas in open scrubland.

See also waewae kākā

rakanga waewae

1. (noun) dexterity of the feet, fleet footed, skilful footwork.

I roto i te para whakawai ka ako te tāhae ki te mau rākau; ki te tūtira hōkai, ki te mau i te rākau; ki te kuru me te karo; ki te whakangungu puta taua me te mau kākaho hei rākau whakangungu. He mea nui te rakanga waewae (Te Ara 2017). / In the weapons training school young men learnt to use of weapons; to form battle formations, to wield a weapon; to attack and defend; and to take part in mock battles using reeds as training weapons. Skilful footwork was important.

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takahanga waewae

1. (noun) dance step, dance move.

I tētahi kanikani nahanaha, ka tāruaruatia tētahi tauira nekehanga, ētahi takahanga waewae rānei (RMR 2017). / A sequence dance is when some types of movement, or some dance steps, are repeated.

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waewae kura

1. (noun) someone who doesn't spend long in one place, rolling stone.

He waewae kura, ka tatū te waewae ki Tāmaki ki te hui nui o reira, ka rere ki Pōneke ki tō reira hui, ka hoki ki te kāinga mō te rua rā i mua i te tīhoi atu ki Poihākena (HJ 2017:91). / A rolling stone, who arrives in Auckland at a large meeting there, flies to Wellington to a meeting there, returns home for two days before tripping off to Sydney.

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waewae tīwhera

1. (noun) person related to two tribes, one with a foot in both camps.

I roto i ēnei rerekētanga, kua waewae tīwhera a 'Ngā Mōteatea', ko tētahi waewae keingā tikanga onamata, ko tētahi kei te aranga ake o ngā waiata o te rautau 19 e āhua hou ana te hanga, e āhua hou ana te whakamahia (M 2011:80). / In respect of change, 'Ngā Mōteatea' sits between the ancient tradition and the beginning of the new shape and use of songs in the 19th century (M 2011:81).

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kainga waewae

1. (noun) place where one spends much of their time, stamping ground, haunt.

Ko te ngutuawa e kōratarata mai rā, ko te tai e ngunguru rā, koia ngā kainga waewae i a mātou e tamariki ana (HJ 2017:94). / The estuary glistening yonder and the rumbling sea were our haunts when we were children.

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