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pono

1. (adjective) be true, valid, honest, genuine, sincere.

Mehemea he pono te aroha o te tangata ki te wahine, o te wahine rānei ki te tāne, e kore rawa e mātoke, ahakoa whakararurarutia e ngā whanaunga engari ka kaha kē atu (TTT 1/10/1924:117). / If a man truly loves a woman, or vice versa, it will not go cold, and despite problems caused by relatives it will become stronger.

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2. (noun) truth, non-fiction, validity.

Kua kitea e mātou te pono o aua kupu (TWM 18/9/1869:1). / We have seen the truth of those words.

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