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ringa Play

1. (noun) arm, hand.

Nō te wherahanga i ngā ringa, kitea ana he pātene i roto i tētahi o ōna ringa (HTK 11/3/1893:5). / When they opened the hands a button was found in one of his hands.


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2. (noun) weapon, arms.

Heoti anō, maranga katoa ana, tahuri tonu ki te kōhuru kino i ngā wāhine, i ngā tamariki kāhore nei i whai ringa hei karo (MM.TKM 15/7/1858:2). / However, they rose up and set about murdering the women and children who had no weapons for protection.


ringa hopuata Play

1. (noun) camera operator.


karaka ringa Play

1. (loan) (noun) analogue clock.


ringa whati Play

1. (noun) gay man.


ringa kamakama Play

1. (noun) light-fingered person, pickpocket, shoplifter, thief.

Kia tūpato ki taua wahine, he ringa kamakama. I panaia ia i tana mahi i tērā tau. / Be careful with that woman, she's a light-fingered person. She was fired from her job last year.


ringa whāngai Play

1. (noun) left hand - when using the taiaha.

Kātahi ka whitia e ia te reke o tōna taiaha ki runga, ka hō ngā awe ki runga ki te tākakī, puritanga o te ringa whāngai (JPS 1911:22). / Then he turned the butt of his taiaha upwards, the tufts of hair drooped over its neck where the left hand grasps it.


mamau ringa Play

1. (noun) arm-wrestling.

Ko tētahi o ngā ture o te mamau ringa, kia noho tonu te tuke ki te tēpu, kia kaua e hikina (HJ 2012:266). / One of the rules of arm-wrestling is that the elbow should always stay on the table, it should not be lifted.


ringa tītere Play

1. (noun) goal shooter (netball).


ringa whero Play

1. (noun) chief.

Ko te ringa whero ki mua, ko te ringa wera ki muri (HJ 2017:81). / The chief at the front, the workers at the back.


whānuitanga ringa Play

1. (noun) hand's-breadth, handbreadth - traditional measurement using the outstretched hand from thumb to little finger.

He whānuitanga ringa te mātotoru; rite tonu te hanganga o tōna niao ki tō te niao o te kapu, ki te puawai rengarenga (PT Nga Whakapapa 4:5). / And the thickness of it was a handbreadth.
(Te Kōhure Textbook (Ed. 2): 113;)


ringa whaiutu Play

1. (noun) paid person, professional.

Kua roa nei ia e mahi ana hei ringa whaiutu i te ao kanikani (RMR 2017). / She has been working for a long time as a professional in the dance world.


ringa utukore Play

1. (noun) unpaid person, amateur.


kapu ringa Play

1. (noun) biscuit star, Pentagonaster pulchellus - a starfish shaped and coloured like a fancy biscuit. The pairs of rounded knobs at each extremity have a slightly browned appearance. Attains a diameter of about 75 mm. Fairly common cast ashore on South Island and southern North Island sandy beaches.


ringa poto Play

1. (stative) be stingy, tight-fisted.


2. (noun) miser, miserly person, skinflint.

Ki te kīia te tangata he ringa poto, kua mōhio koe he matapiko taua tangata (HKK 1999:187). / If a person is called a 'ringa poto' you know that that person is a skinflint.


3. (noun) shorthand.

Ko ngā tamariki e uru ana ki tō runga kura o Hukarere e ākona ana ki te taka kai, ki te nēhi tūroro, ki te tuhituhi ringa poto (TKO 1/12/1917:12). / The children entering the upper school of Hukarere are being taught to prepare food, to nurse the sick and to write shorthand.


ringa rehe Play

1. (modifier) skilled, skilful, accomplished, practiced, competent, proficient - especially in crafts. Sometimes written as one word, ringarehe.

Kātahi ka whakaritea anō he wahine māna, arā, ka whakamoea ia ki a Te Urikore (ko Te Taupoki tētahi o ōna īngoa), he wahine whānui nei tōna mōhio ki ngā tikanga me ngā kōrero tuku iho a Ngāi Tūhoe – me te aha – he wahine ringa rehe ki ngā mahi toi o te raranga me te whatu (TTR 1998:196). / Then another wife was arranged for him and he married Te Urikore (otherwise known as Te Taupoki), a woman with extensive knowledge of Tūhoe customs and history and a woman who was skilled in the arts of platting and weaving.

See also rehe


2. (noun) expert, deft hand, craftsperson, dab hand, professional.

Kātuarehe: He wā anō whakamahia ai tēnei kupu hei whakaahua i te tangata, ā, e tohu ana he nui ōna pūmanawa, he ringarehe rānei, he tangata rānei kua puta tōna rongo (HKK 1999:30). / Kātuarehe: At other times this word is used to show what a person is like, and to indicate that she has many talents, or skills, or is a person who has become famous.


ringa mauī Play

1. (noun) lefthanded.


2. (noun) left hand, left arm.

I konei ka whara tana ringa mauī, ka ngaro te māpere me te mānawa (TTR 1990:220). / Here he was wounded losing the two middle fingers of his left hand.


ringa wera Play

1. (modifier) kitchen work.

Kai te mahara tonu te tangata ki tōna ngākau manawareka, ki tōna kaha ki ngā mahi ringa wera i ngā marae, me tana pai ki te manaaki tangata (TTR 2000:247). / The man is remembered for his sense of humour, his ability in the kitchen work of marae, and his hospitality.


2. (noun) worker in the kitchen and dining room - a figurative term for people who work in the kitchen and their hot hands from the fires and ovens.

Nui atu ngā mea whakamīharo i kitea i te marae mahinga kai, arā i te ringa wera (ngā kuki), ngā tununga keke, ngā mahinga parāoa me ngā tununga mīti (TTT 1/9/1927:651). / There are lots of amazing things seen on the marae preparing food, namely the kitchen workers (the cooks), cooking cakes, making bread and cooking meat.


ringa ngaio Play

1. (noun) professional.


ringa karetao Play

1. (noun) puppeteer.


ringa hopuoro Play

1. (noun) sound technician.

Mā te ringa hopuoro e whakarite te oro auraki, kia rongo ai ngā kaiwhakatangitangi i ō rātou ake reo RMR 2017). / The sound technician will arrange the foldback so the musicians can hear their own voices.


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