1. (verb) to be restrained, restricted, few - often in the phrase kāore i ārikarika (there were a lot of).
Ka rongo tana kuia i te reo o tana mokopuna i te waerehe, ka tīmata te kōrerorero atu o te kuia rā ki a ia, ā, kāore i ārikarika tana mahi pērā haere tonu (TTR 2000:18). / When his grandmother heard her grandchild's voice on the radio she would begin talking to him, and that happened often.
See also rikarika