1. (verb) (-tia) to be circular, round, surround, reserve.
Ko ngā whenua e porowhitatia ana hui katoa e tae ana ōna eka ki te kotahi tekau mā iwa mano, e waru rau e whitu tekau rahi ake, iti iho rānei (MD 2016). / The lands that are reserved altogether consist of approximately eighteen thousand, eight hundred and seventy acres.
2. (modifier) circular, round.
Nō te kitenga kua tīmata tana whakahemohemo, i haria ia ki te whare kaponga porowhita i Tūrangawaewae ki te taha o Te Puea me te whānau nui tonu, whakapau ai i ōna rā whakamutunga (TTR 1998:96). / When it was seen that he was near death, he was taken to the round ponga house at Tūrangawaewae to see out the last of his days with Te Puea and the rest of the family.
3. (noun) circle, wheel, ring.
Kīia ai te tomokanga ki te hīnaki, ko te akura. Kua oti te porowhita i tōna waha me ngā rārā (Te Ara 2012). / The entrance to the hīnaki is called the akura. The circle at its mouth was made of sticks.
4. (noun) reserve.
Tētahi porowhita hoki e tae ana ki te kotahi mano eka rahi ake iti, iho rānei (MD 2016). / And one reserve is approximately one thousand acres.