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waiata

1. (verb) (-hia,-tia) to sing.

Koia nei te moana e waiatatia nei, e pāteretia nei e ngā tini iwi o Aotearoa (TWK 8:12). / This is the ocean about which the many tribes of New Zealand sing and chant.

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2. (noun) song, chant, psalm.

(Te Kākano Audio Tapes/CDs (Ed. 2): 54-76; Te Kōhure Video Tapes (Ed. 1): 2;)

Nō te tau 1931 i mauria ake e Materoa he kapa waiata nei ki Te Whanganui-a-Tara, ā, e 40 ā rātau waiata mā Āpirana i hopukina e te mīhini hopu reo (TTR 1998:160). / In 1931 Materoa took a singing group to Wellington and 40 songs were recorded for Āpirana.

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