1. (verb) to be long, tall, slow.
Kaua anō rātou e heu i ō rātou māhunga, kaua ngā makawe e whakatupuria kia roa (PT Ehekiera 44:20). / They should not shave their heads, nor allow their hair to grow long.
2. (verb) to be a long time, delayed.
Kua roa kē māua e whakatakoto mahere ana, e whiriwhiri ana mō āhea rā māua toro atu ai i a koe (HM 4/2009:4). / He and I had been planning and deciding for a long time when we would visit you.
3. (noun) long time, length, length of time, delay.
Mahara noa a Tiopira kua mate ina hoki te roa e ngaro ana ki raro, mahue atu i a ia tana rāti (TP 10/1902:11). / Tiopira thought that it was dead due to the length of time it had been below, so he put down his harpoon.
(Te Pihinga Textbook (Ed. 2): 64;)
See also kua roa kē [au] e ... ana