1. (verb) (-tia) to fight, battle, wage war, be at war with.
Ko tāna mahi i tēnei o ōna hokinga mai he hohou haere i te rongo i waenganui o ngā hapū e pakanga tonu ana tētahi ki tētahi (TP 6/1907:5). / His work on this return trip was to establish peace amongst the kinship groups that were still at war with one another.
E mōhio ana ētahi o tātou i te wā i pakangatia ai ā rātou kēhi i roto i te Hupirimi Kōti i whakataua ai kua manakore rātou ki ō rātou whenua i te mea kua nuku atu i te 20 tau te Pākehā e noho pōhēhē ana i runga i aua whenua, ā, i roto i aua tau kāore rātou, ngā Pākehā, i utu rēti, i tonoa rānei kia utu rēti, i whakararurarutia rānei mō tā rātou noho pōhēhē i reira (TTT 1/12/1923:5). / Some of us know that at the time their case was being fought in the Supreme Court it was determined that they had no authority over their lands because the Pākehā had been living mistakenly on those lands for more than 20 years and in that period they, the Pākehā, had not paid rent, or been asked to pay rent, or been harassed about their mistaken occupation at that place.
2. (noun) battle, strife, hostility, war, engagement, conflict.
I te tau 1830, ka tū te pakanga e kīia nei ko Taumatawīwī ki ngā harapaki ki te raki o Maungatautari (TTR 1990:317). / In 1830 the battle called Taumatawīwī took place on the northern slopes of Maungatautari.