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manaia Play

1. (noun) stylised figure used in carving.

E ai ki ētahi kōrero, he kaitiaki te manaia, inā tana āhei ki te whakawhiti mai i te ao wairua ki te ao tangata (RTA 2014:111). / According to some accounts, the manaia stylised figure is a guardian because it is able to cross from the spiritual world to the human world.


2. (noun) sea horse, Hippocampus abdominalis - a quaint little fish usually mottled in browns. The body is narrow and strongly cross ridged on the sides. Head resembles a horse, but the tail is curled.


3. (noun) lizard.


4. (noun) raft.

Hangaia he manaia mō tātou hei whitinga mō tātou (W 1971:173). / Build a raft for us to make the crossing.

See also mōkihi


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