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1. (verb) (-hia,-tia) to keep to oneself, withhold (especially of things which should be shared, including knowledge), refuse to let go.

Nō reira, e ngā whanaunga, e ngā pūkōrero, kaua e kaiponutia ngā taonga a ō tātou tūpuna (TP 10/1907:9). / Therefore, my relations, the spokespeople, do not withhold the precious knowledge of our ancestors.


2. (modifier) avaricious, acquisitive, covetous, grasping, miserly, mercenary.

Ehara a Te Mātorohanga i te tangata kaiponu. He tangata tuku i āna kōrero ki ngā tāngata e aro atu ana (TTR 1994:148). / Te Mātorohanga was not a covetous person. He shared his knowledge with people who showed an interested.


Synonyms: hao, apo, haohao


3. (noun) avaricious person, acquisitive person, covetous person, grasping person, miserly person, mercenary person, miser, skinflint.

Ko te take tuatoru i kore ai te Maori e tohu taonga he wehi nō te Maori kei kīia ia he hākere, he matapiko, he kaiponu (TP 7/1907:4). / The third reason that the Māori would not accumulate possessions is the fear that they might be said to be stingy, mean and covetous.


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