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me kore ake

1. in case...may, were fortunate, to see whether, if it were not for, thanks to, it's just as well - an idiom praising the importance of someone's or something's contribution.

He hui pai - i tutū te puehu, i whiua te kōrero, i tau te rangimārie i te mutunga iho. Me kore ake nei te hui Mâori, nē hā? (HM 4/1995:3). / It was a good gathering - there were arguments and accusations made but in the end peace prevailed. It's just as well Māori gatherings are like that, isn't it?
Me mihi rā ki ngā kapa o ngā tāone me kore ake hoki rātou i pēnei rawa ai te pukahu o ngā kapa tū ki Te Matatini. / We must acknowledge the urban groups without whom there would not be as many groups performing at Te Matatini.

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2. just like, similar to, the epitome of - sometimes used to indicate that someone's qualities are similar to those of someone else, or something else.

I kite au i a koe e pūkanakana ana. Me kore ake tō tipuna i a koe (HKK 1999:180). / I saw you doing the pūkana. You are the epitome of your ancestor.
Titiro ki tērā tangata e kai ana, me kore ake te poaka. / Look at that man over there eating just like a pig.

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Synonyms: anō, me/mai/mei kore ake ..., mai kore ake, mei kore ake, tonu, rite tonu, āhukahuka, kāhukahuka

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