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whakaruruhau

1. (verb) (-tia) to protect, shield, shelter.

He kai tere te kānga ki te tipu, ko ngā kānga hei whakaruruhau mō ngā paukena (TTT 1/10/1922:6). / Maize grows quickly, so it shelters the pumpkins.

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Synonyms: puapua, ārei, pukupuku, hīra, pākai, ārai, whakapuru tao, whakangungu rākau, kahupeka, whakangungu, taumaru, whakahaumaru, whakaruru, , manaaki, tiaki, whakamarumaru, rauhī, parahau, araarai, whakahau, whakamaru, pare, whakamaurutanga, tīhokahoka, tāwharau, piringa, maru, whakamauru, taumarumaru, pātūtū, tūrutu, pāruru, pātakitaki, ruruhau


2. (modifier) sheltered, protected, safe.

Oma tika tonu mai tana iwi ki a ia i tō rātau kitenga kua hinga a ia, ā, nā rātau i mau ki tētahi wāhi whakaruruhau (TTR 1990:393). / When they saw he had fallen, his people ran straight to him and carried him to a safe place.

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Synonyms: kokohu, haumaru, marutau, ora, punanga, maru, ruru, pāruru, marumaru


3. (noun) protector, adviser, mentor.

Kai taku whakaruruhau i ngā hau kino o te wā, i ngā tao tāwai, i ngā tao rangirangi, i ngā tao whakarōriki, tīraha rā! (HM 4/2009:3) / My protector from the evil winds of the time, from the taunts, from the annoying criticisms, and the disparaging jibes, lie there in state!

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Synonyms: kaiārahi, whakamarumaru, parepare, ruruhau, whakaruru, kaiwhakamarumaru


4. (noun) governing body, authority.

Kua whakaritea mai anō hoki tētahi apārangi hei whakaruruhau mō te reo (HM 3/1993:6). / A group of experts has also been organised as a governing body for the language.

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