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kōkiri

1. (verb) (-tia) to thrust forward, attack, call, charge, rush forward.

Mehemea e kapi ana a waho o te ngutu, kōkiritia tonutia ki waenganui tonu o te matua, engari kia inaki tonu te rere o ngā toa hāpai rākau ki mua (JPS 1919:86). / If outside the entrance is closely guarded, attack right at the middle of the army, but rush as a tightly packed group of warriors with weapons raised in front.

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2. (verb) (-hia,-tia) to champion (a cause), promote, advocate, lead.

Rua tekau ngā tau e kōkiri ana ia i ngā kerēme nunui a Te Tai Tokerau ki te Karauna, ko ia tonu tō rātou tino kaiwawao (TTR 1998:137). / For 20 years he championed the important North Auckland claims against the Crown and he was their leading advocate.

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3. (verb) to rise in a column.

I te ata rawa ka kitea te wai e kōkiri ake ana i te moana, ā i kapi katoa taua wāhi i te mamaoa (TWMNT 11/8/1874:206). / In the morning the water was seen rising in a column from the sea and that place was covered with vapour.

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4. (noun) attack, assault, charge, offensive, strike.

Nō te Oketopa ka ārahina e rātou ko Tāreha me ētahi atu o te kāwai rangatira te matua o Heretaunga ki te tuki i te pā o Puketapu. Engari i hanepī te kōkiri (TTR 1994:190). / In October he, Tāreha with some other chiefs led the Hastings contingent to attack Puketapu pā. But the attack was aborted.

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5. (noun) body of men rushing forward, attack party, forward movement of a kapa haka.

Tokoiwa te kōkiri a Rāpata, kotahi tekau tā Piki kōkiri (W 1971:130). / Robert's attack party was nine men, that of Piki was ten.

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6. (noun) advocacy, promotion, backing, championing.

I te tau 1924 i tētahi huihuinga a te whakaminenga o te Hāhi, ka mana te kōkiri a te rōpū taituarā o Tumutara kia whakatūria a ia hei ūpoko mō te Hāhi Ringatū, arā, ko tōna ingoa hāhi ko pīhopa (TTR 1998:231). / At an assembly of the congregation of the Church in 1924, the advocacy of Tumutara’s supporters succeeded in getting him elected head of the Ringatū Church with the church title of bishop.

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Synonyms: taunaki, tautoko


7. (noun) meteor.

See also kōtiritiri


8. (noun) leatherjacket, Parika scaber - a fish, uniform or mottled greenish grey. Body ovate, diamond-shaped, compressed.

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