1. (verb) to be Māori, apply in a Māori way.
Ahakoa i tīkina atu te kupu i te reo Pākehā, ko tana whakatakoto mai e Māori ana (Kāretu 2015). / Despite the word coming from English, its use is applied in a Māori way.
2. (modifier) Māori.
Kai tēnei reanga te oranga o te reo Māori me ngā tamariki e whakaakona ana e rātau ki te reo (Kāretu 2015). / The health of the Māori language is with this generation and the children being taught the language by them.
3. (noun) Māori, indigenous New Zealander, indigenous person of Aotearoa/New Zealand - a new use of the word resulting from Pākehā contact in order to distinguish between people of Māori descent and the colonisers.
I akona te reo Māori e ia nō te mea he ngākaunui ia ki te Māori (HP 1991:27). / He learnt the Māori language because he was kindly disposed towards Māori people.
See also māori