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whakautuutu

1. (verb) to answer (a number of questions).

Ko te kāpara Ingarihi ki a au, 'Kaua koe hai whakautuutu pēnā mai i aku kōrero (HP 1991:196). / The English corporal said to me, "Don't you answer my statements like that."

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2. (verb) (-a,-ngia) to alternate speakers between tangata whenua (hosts) and manuhiri (visitors) on the marae.

See also tau whakautuutu


3. (modifier) to fill up gaps (in anything).

He māra whakautuutu ki te rangatira, he māra tiria; he māra mate ki te ware, e kore e tiria (TP 9/1908:7). / A chief's garden planted without gaps is a well cultivated garden; a commoner's garden dies because it won't be cultivated. (A whakataukī referring to a leader who sets an example by his industry.)

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4. (modifier) reciprocal.

He kaihaukai whakautuutu i waenganui i Te Whānau-a-Apanui, i a Te Whakatōhea, ā kāore i ea i a Te Whakatōhea (M 2006:142). / Reciprocal feasts between Te Whānau-a-Apanui and Te Whakatōhea, but Te Whakatōhea were unable to reciprocate.

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5. (noun) responses, answers, replies.

Ko te tāhū o ngā kōrero pōhiri me ngā whakautuutu eke katoa atu ki runga i te pouaru a Timi (TTT 1/9/27:651). / The main theme of the welcome speeches and the responses all related to the widow of James [Carroll].

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