nunui

nunui, v.i. High-ranking, important (of people).

Kua putuputu mai te aronga nunui o te ‘enua ma tō rātou vaka tangata katoa i te ‘āriki i te aronga tei ‘oki mai mei te tamaki.
The important people of the country assembled, with their followers, to welcome those who returned from the war. [nui1 rR.]