1. (verb) (-tia) to be eager, zealous, keen, kindly disposed towards, enthusiastic.
E ngākaunui ana a Maata i tēnei wā ki ngā kaupapa tōrangapū a te Rōpū Rīpera (TTR 1996:79). / At this time Maata was enthusiastic about the political policies of the Liberal Party.
2. (adjective) be eager, zealous, keen, kindly disposed towards, enthusiastic.
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.