2. (verb) to be on the point of, nearly, impending, looming, almost.
Ka whano ka tākiri te ata, ka puke mai tētahi ngaru nui, ka taupokina taua iwi, ngaro katoa - neke atu i te rua mano taua iwi (JPS 1901:71). / When morning had nearly dawned, a great wave rose up and completely overwhelmed that tribe, more than two thousand of them.
Heoti anō, rūpeke ana ngā tāngata i taua pō, nā ka tū mai ngā rangatira o ērā ngā iwi e noho mawehe ana, e noho mauāhara ana hoki, puta noa i te roa o te whenua; nā, ka rū tahi rātou, ka mihi mai, ka mihi atu, ā, whano hae noa te ata (MM.TKM 1/9/1860:3). / However, the people gathered that night and the chiefs of those, the tribes who had been living apart and estranged from throughout the length of the country, met together, shook hands, and made speeches acknowledging each other until near morning.