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māhie

1. (noun) hatred.

Ko te māhie e whakaoho ana i te totohe, ko te aroha e hīpoki ana i ngā hara katoa (Ng 1993:197). / Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all sins (Ng 1993:197).

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2. (noun) crime, evil deed.

mahi

1. (verb) (-a,-ngia) to work, do, perform, make, accomplish, practise, raise (money).

Kei te taka mai ngā rā e mahia nuitia ai e te Pākehā te mahi whakamaroke me te mahi tini i te paramu me ērā atu huarākau (TP 12/1905:7). / The days are approaching when Pākehā will be busy drying and canning plums and other fruit.

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Synonyms: whakatutuki


2. (noun) work, job, employment, trade (work), practice, occupation, activity, exercise, operation, function.

Kei te taka mai ngā rā e mahia nuitia ai e te Pākehā te mahi whakamaroke me te mahi tini i te paramu me ērā atu huarākau (TP 12/1905:7). / The days are approaching when Pākehā will be busy drying and canning plums and other fruit.

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3. (noun) abundance, lots of, many, heaps of.

(Te Māhuri Textbook (Ed. 2): 113;)

Kua kapi taua wāhi i te mahi a te whare. / That place was covered with lots of houses.
I ētahi tau he tino kaha kē te hua o ngā piki nei, ā, he tino reka hoki mō te kai. I ētahi rā, i te haere kē mātau, hoki rawa mai kua pau ngā hua te kai i te mahi a te tamariki (HP 1991:13). / In some years these fig trees fruited prolifically and they were very tasty to eat. Some days, when we went elsewhere, when we returned the fruit had all been eaten by the many children.

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See also te mahi a te ...

Synonyms: maruru, ngahue, maha, makuru, nui, makurutanga, hira, kaipukahu, huhuatanga, humi, pukahu, rahinga, ranea, tōnuitanga, harahara, huhua

māhī

1. (verb) to ferment, purefy.

Kua māhī ngā kai (W 1971:163). / The food has fermented.

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Māhi

1. (loan) (personal name) Massey.

I mea a Māhi, tumuaki o te Āpitihana… (TP 11/1903:10). / Massey, the leader of the Opposition said…

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māhi

1. (loan) (noun) mast.

...ka rere anō tōna haki i te māhi he whero he rīpeka te tohu, kia mōhiotia ai ia (TJ 28/6/1898:2). / ...its flag flies on the mast showing a red cross so that its status is known.

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mahi pāpāho

1. (noun) media studies.

mahi tīpako

1. (noun) shift work.

hei mahi

1. (noun) exercise.

hunga mahi

1. (noun) labour force.

mahi manu

1. (verb) to hunt for birds.

(Te Pihinga Textbook (Ed. 2): 10, 14-16;)


2. (noun) fowling.

(Te Māhuri Textbook (Ed. 2): 10, 14-16;)

mahi toi

1. (noun) art, craft.

Ko ngā mahi toi, ko ngā mahi mātauranga, ko ngā mahi hoahoa kāri putiputi, ko ngā mahi hoahoa whare, ngā mahi i mahia e ō rāua uri (TTR 1996:9). / Their descendants work in the arts, education, landscape gardening and architecture.

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mahi kōhikohiko

1. (noun) casual work.

mahi māra

1. (verb) to garden.


2. (noun) gardening.

papa mahi

1. (noun) desktop.

rā mahi

1. (noun) working day.

wāhi mahi

1. (noun) workplace, work address.

I te tīmatanga, ka noho ngā Māori ki te pokapū taone, he tata hoki ki ngā wāhi mahi – arā ngā wāpu, ngā wheketere, me ngā ahumahi nui (Te Ara 2013). / At first Māori tended to live in inner-city locations because they were close to where workplaces were found – on the wharves, in factories and industries.

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mahi huna

1. (verb) to snoop, pry, spy, secretive activity.

taupuni mahi

1. (noun) workstation, studio.

mahi atu

1. forget it, get on and do it then, go on then do it, get lost - an idiom used as a command to get on and do something. Also used to imply that the speaker does not support the action or want be a part of it, or it is a warning to the person not to do it.

Mahi atu koe! / You get lost!
Rangi: Tēnā haramai e hoa - kei te purei ‘iuka’ mātou. Pare: Mahi atu koutou. Kāore ōku take ki tēnā kēmu (HKK 1999:58). / Rangi: Well, come here my friend - we are playing euchre. Pare: You can forget it. I'm no use at that game.

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See also mahia atu/e mahi ([koe]) i [tō] mahi

tauira mahi

1. (noun) apprentice, cadet, trainee.

He mea whakarite kē e tōna pāpā te whakauru atu i a ia hei tauira mahi mā te Tari o te Kaitiaki Māori i te tau 1925 (TTR 2000:107). / But his father arranged for him to join the Native Trust Office as a cadet in 1925.

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Synonyms: tauira

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