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pōwhiri Play

1. (verb) (-a,-tia) to welcome, invite, beckon, wave.

He tini ngā marae i pōwhiritia rātou (TTR 1996:62). / They were welcomed onto many marae.

2. (noun) invitation, rituals of encounter, welcome ceremony on a marae, welcome.

Ka rewa taua ope nei, ā, tae atu ki Horowhenua; ka pā te pōwhiri a te tangata whenua (JPS 1901:74). / So the flock set off, and reached Horowhenua, where the people of the place welcomed them.
(Te Kākano Textbook (Ed. 2): 122-138; Te Kōhure Textbook (Ed. 2): 197-205;)

3. (noun) kōhūhū, Pittosporum tenuifolium - a small native black-barked tree of lowland forest and scrub, having light green leaves with a wavy margin. Commonly cultivated for hedges.

See also kōhūhū

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