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mahi

1. (verb) (-a,-ngia) to work, do, perform, make, accomplish, practise, raise (money).

Kei te taka mai ngā rā e mahia nuitia ai e te Pākehā te mahi whakamaroke me te mahi tini i te paramu me ērā atu huarākau (TP 12/1905:7). / The days are approaching when Pākehā will be busy drying and canning plums and other fruit.

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Synonyms: whakatutuki


2. (noun) work, job, employment, trade (work), practice, occupation, activity, exercise, operation, function.

Kei te taka mai ngā rā e mahia nuitia ai e te Pākehā te mahi whakamaroke me te mahi tini i te paramu me ērā atu huarākau (TP 12/1905:7). / The days are approaching when Pākehā will be busy drying and canning plums and other fruit.

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3. (noun) abundance, lots of, many, heaps of.

(Te Māhuri Textbook (Ed. 2): 113;)

Kua kapi taua wāhi i te mahi a te whare. / That place was covered with lots of houses.
I ētahi tau he tino kaha kē te hua o ngā piki nei, ā, he tino reka hoki mō te kai. I ētahi rā, i te haere kē mātau, hoki rawa mai kua pau ngā hua te kai i te mahi a te tamariki (HP 1991:13). / In some years these fig trees fruited prolifically and they were very tasty to eat. Some days, when we went elsewhere, when we returned the fruit had all been eaten by the many children.

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See also te mahi a te ...

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

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