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hira

1. (stative) be great, important, widespread, of consequence.

I hira ake tō rātou mana i tō ngā rangitira o ngā hapū, ā, i te mātūtūtanga o te mate, i hewa ngā tūroro nā ngā karakia kikokiko i ora ai (KO 15/6/1882:6). / Their mana is greater than that of the chiefs of the kinship groups and when convalescing the patients are deluded into thinking that the malevolent ritual chants will heal them.

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2. (stative) be numerous, abundant, plentiful, large, big.

Tērā anō ngā tāone e hira ake ana i Ākarana, i Ngāruawāhia (TPM 2/2/1863:2). / There are othertowns that are bigger than Auckland and Ngāruawāhia.

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Synonyms: ngāhorohoro, mahamaha, maha, makuru, ngahoro, ngerongero, hua, humi, hāwere, rarawe, rari, pukahu, nui, ranea, huhua


3. (modifier) great, important, widespread, of consequence, significant, notable, momentous.

Kei runga e rārangi ana ētahi o ngā mahi hira a ō rātou tūpuna, tae atu ki ngā whakapapa e hāngai pū ana (TTR 1996:252). / On it are some of the significant deeds of their ancestors, together with the relevant genealogies.

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4. (noun) importance.

Ahakoa te hira o tana mahi ki te puri i a Ngāti Kahungunu ki te taha o te kāwanatanga, tana tautohe i te Kīngitanga me tana whawhai i a Te Kooti, ehara tēnei mahi āna mā te kāwanatanga i te mahi noa (TTR 1994:41). / Despite his important role in keeping Ngāti Kahungunu on the side of the government, his opposition to the King movement, and his fight against Te Kooti, he had not served the government blindly.

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5. (noun) multitude, great number, hordes.

Kātahi au ka kite i te hira o te tāngata (W 1971:52). / I've just seen the hordes of people.

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6. (stative) abundance, profusion, plentifulness.

Ko te whatu he kōhatu, ko te kōhatu, arā ko te hira o te hua rākau, o te karaka, etc. (M 2006:198). / The 'whatu' is a stone and 'kōhatu' is the used for the abundance of fruit, of the karaka tree, etc.

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Synonyms: kaipukahu, maruru, ngahue, maha, makuru, nui, makurutanga, mahi, huhua, huhuatanga, humi, pukahu, rahinga, ranea, tōnuitanga, harahara

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