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matangareka

1. (verb) to be keen, ardent, avid, enthusiastic, anxious.

Matangareka rawa atu ia ki ngā mahi tākaro, he toa kē nei ia ki te kauhoe me te purei whutupaoro (TTR 2000:99). / He was a keen sportsman, and excelled at swimming and rugby.

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2. (noun) enthusiasm, keenness, zeal.

Ahakoa te matangareka o tana āwhina i ngā mahi tango whenua a Airini, i whakakāhoretia e ia te wira (TTR 1994:18) . / Despite his enthusiasm in assisting to acquire Airini's land, he refused to accept the bequest.

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Synonyms: ngākau whakapuke, kaikaha, rika, tāwheta, whiwhita, ngākaunui, wana, whitawhita

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