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whare kōwhanga Play

1. (noun) building erected for childbirth, birthing house.

Ko te ahi me tupopoto anake, he mea takai ki te aka, ā kia takoto te papakiri mata o te kahikatea hei taupoki mō te ahi tupopoto ina hiahiatia kia māhaki te mahana o roto o taua whare kōwhanga (JPS 1929:258). / Only the 'tupopoto' form of fire was used, being bound with vines, and a piece of green white pine bark lay handy to be used as a cover for the 'tupopoto' fire when it was desired that the warmth within that birthing house be lessened.

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