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ngākaunui

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.

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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.

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Synonyms: ngākau whakapuke, whiwhita, ringa tōhau nui, ngangahau, whitawhita, ngākau whiwhita


3. (noun) dedication, commitment, devotion, zeal.

Koia nei rā te pūmau me te ngākaunui o Eruera ki tōna whakapono (EM 2002:138). / That was how enduring and dedicated Eruera was to his faith.

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Synonyms: matangareka, ngākau whakapuke, whitawhita, kaikaha, rika, tāwheta, whiwhita, wana

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