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kāraraha Play

1. (verb) to be wide and shallow (of a vessel).

2. (noun) wide boat with shallow draft, ferry.

Ka eke mātau ki tētahi tima iti, ka rere anō i roto i te awa nei, e 50 māero e rere ana ka puta ai ki te ngutuawa, ka puta ki Te Tai Hauāuru, ki Kaipara, ka mahue te ngutuawa, ka rere mā tētahi kāraraha o Kaipara, e whai ana tēnei kia mau te tereina o te ata atu i Helensville ki Ākarana (TPH 8/6/1903:2). / We boarded a small ship and continued sailing down this river and after 50 miles we emerged at the river mouth and the West Coast at Kaipara. We left the river mouth behind and sailed on a Kaipara ferry which was rushing to catch the morning train from Helensville to Auckland.

3. (noun) calabash with a wide mouth, bowl, basin.

Synonyms: kāraha, pāta, peihana, riu

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