1. (verb) to be large, big, many, plentiful, numerous, great, abundant, ample, superior, of high rank, important.
He nui hoki ngā taika kei te ngahere tata atu ki taua kāinga (TTT 1/6/1923:3). / There are also many tigers in the bush near that village.
See also nunui
2. (noun) size, quantity, vastness, greatness, importance, amount, abundance, plenty, rank.
I ngā awa o Tongariro me Waitahanui tonu, inā kē te nui o te moni e utua ana ki ngā hapū me ngā tāngata nō rātau ngā whenua, me ka whakawhiti nei te hunga mahi taraute i aua whenua rā (TTR 1998:197). / Especially the Tongariro and Waitahanui rivers, substantial income was paid to the hapū and the people who owned the land if the people fishing for trout crossed those lands.