Maori: mataku-atanganu-akawa-miki-tora

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KnightMove

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German/Austria
The long Maori hill name Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu is in the Wikipedia article, translated as

"The summit where Tamatea, the man with the big knees, the slider, climber of mountains, the land-swallower who travelled about, played his nose flute to his loved one"

The band Quantum Jump used this name in the 1970s as intro for their song The Lone Ranger, but with an otherwise unknown addendum:

Taumata-whaka-tangi-hanga-kuayuwo
tamate-aturi-pukaku-piki-maunga
horonuku-pokaiawhen-uaka-tana-tahu
mataku-atanganu-akawa-miki-tora

Three pledges:
1. Please check the spelling and the hyphenation as shown in the Quantum Jump lyrics.
2. Is the translation as given in Wikipedia accurate?
3. What might this added verse mean?
 
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