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1. (verb) to be active, spirited, zealous, vibrant, vivacious, lively, animated.

Nā te mea he tino hē rawa atu te nuinga o ngā wāhi noho o ngā kaikuti hipi Māori, i ngangahau ai a Tūtaki ki te whakapai ake i te āhuatanga noho o aua wāhi (TTR 1996:263). / Because the living quarters of the Māori shearers was so abysmal, Tūtaki was active in working to improve the living conditions of of those places.


Synonyms: whiwhita, ringa tōhau nui, ngākau whakapuke, whitawhita, ngākau whiwhita, ngākaunui


2. (modifier) active, spirited, zealous, vibrant, vivacious, lively, animated.

I noho tonu mai a Rina hai mema ngangahau mō te Rōpū Wāhine Toko i te Ora (TTR 2000:191). / Ruru remained an active member of the Māori Women’s Welfare League.


3. (noun) exuberance, liveliness, high spirits, enthusiasm, vitality, vigour, zest, eagerness, effervescence, vivacity.

Nā te kakama o tōna hinengaro me te ngangahau kē nei o tōna ngākau, i takina ake ai a Whina e tana matua hei tamaiti makau, piki tūranga mōna (TTR 2000:36). / Whina’s precociousness combined with her vivacity led her father to treat her as his favourite child and successor (DNZB 2000:112).


Synonyms: wana


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