Filters

Idioms

Phrases

Proverbs

Loan words

Historical loan words

Filters

Idioms

Phrases

Proverbs

Loan words

Historical loan words

aua

1. (verb) to be far advanced, ahead, well gone, long gone, distant - usually followed by atu or mai.

Ka oti te takutaku ka tukua te teka kia rere, kātahi ka rere, whakaaweawe ki runga, aua rawa atu ki runga, kātahi anō ka ahu te uru o te teka ki te whenua, tau noa atu e toru tekau takoto te mataratanga i ā ētahi katoa (JPS 1925:313). / When he had completed the ritual chant he launched the dart and it flew a great distance upwards then the head of the dart turned toward the earth and it fell thirty takoto beyond all the others.
Pakū rawa ake ā rātau pū, kua aua atu kē ngā rererangi o te Tiamana (HP 1991:184). / When their guns finally went off, the Germans' aeroplanes were long gone.

Show example

Hide example

See also ka/kua aua atu te wā, aua atu (rā)

aua

1. (interjection) I don't know, how should I know? don't ask! - depending on the intonation, sometimes it indicates that the speaker isn't particularly interested in knowing, or that the question shouldn't be asked, or that it is inappropriate to ask the speaker that question.

Rangi: He aha te hāora e mutu ai te mahi a Hāromi? Pare: Aua. Tainakarehā, ko te whā karaka. Tainanahi, ko te ono (HKK 1999:168). / Rangi: What time does Hāromi finish work? Pare: I don't know. The day before yesterday it was four o'clock. Yesterday it was at six.

Show example

Hide example

See also aua hoki, e aua hoki


2. (verb) to not know.

aua

1. (noun) yellow-eye mullet, Aldrichetta forsteri - silvery fish with greenish-to-bluish tinge or olive-grey on back, pale yellow tinge below. Body elongated and cylindrical with pointed head and snout. Two dorsal fins. Common in schools in sheltered estuaries and harbours.

Ka kitea atu te mahi a te aua e ngote ana i te wai tai (HP 1991:16). / Lots of yelloweye mullet were seen sucking the salt water.

Show example

Hide example

aua

1. (negative) do not, don't - shortened form of kaua.

Aua hoki e hiahia ki te wahine a tōu hoa, aua hoki e hiahia ki te whare o tōu hoa, ki tana māra, ki tana pononga tāne, ki tana pononga wahine, ki tana kau, ki tana kāihe, ki tētahi mea rānei a tōu hoa (PT Tiuteronomi 5:21). / Neither shalt thou desire thy neighbour's wife, neither shalt thou covet thy neighbour's house, his field, or his manservant, or his maidservant, his ox, or his ass, or any thing that is thy neighbour's.

Show example

Hide example

aua

1. (determiner) those (mentioned before) - plural of taua. Must be followed by a noun.

(Te Kākano Study Guide (Ed. 1): 32;)

Nā Tīmoti aua waiata i tito. / Tīmoti composed those songs.

Show example

Hide example

aua hoki

1. (particle) I don't know, goodness knows, how should I know? don't ask! I don't have a clue - depending on the intonation, sometimes this can have connotations of not caring, or how could one possibly know, or implying that one shouldn't ask the question.

Pare: Kei te tika anō ngā kōhimuhimu mō Haki rāua ko Hira? Rangi: Aua hoki. Kei mahara koe ko au tō rāua kaiwhakaaweawe (HKK 1999:169). / Pare: Are the rumours about Jack and Jill correct? Rangi: I don't know. You shouldn't think that I am their go-between.

Show example

Hide example

e aua

1. (interjection) I don't know, goodness knows, how should I know! don't ask!.

(Te Pihinga Textbook (Ed. 2): 106; Te Pihinga Audio Tapes/CDs (Ed. 2): exercise 40;)

Pare: Āhea tātou ka utua? Rangi: E aua, ko te tikanga ko koe kē e mōhio ana - ko koe hoki tā tātou kaikaute! (HKK 1999:169). / Pare: When will we be paid? Rangi: I don't know, you are supposed to know - and you are our accountant!

Show example

Hide example

See also e aua hoki

e aua hoki

1. goodness knows, I don't know, how should I know! don't ask! - an idiom to indicate that the speaker doesn't know. Sometimes it indicates that the speaker isn't particularly interested in knowing, or that the question shouldn't be asked, or that it is inappropriate to ask the speaker that question.

(Te Pihinga Textbook (Ed. 2): 106; Te Pihinga Audio Tapes/CDs (Ed. 2): exercise 40;)

E tika ana anō ngā kōhimuhimu mō Taika? E aua hoki. Ko wai ka hua, ko wai ka tohu. / Is the gossip about Tiger actually correct? I don't know. Who can tell.

Show example

Hide example

aua atu (rā)

1. nonetheless, no matter, nevertheless, never mind, it doesn't matter, who cares, don't worry - an idiom used to indicate that there is nothing to be concerned about.

(Te Pihinga Textbook (Ed. 2): 106; Te Pihinga Audio Tapes/CDs (Ed. 2): exercise 40; Te Kōhure Textbook (Ed. 2): 242;)

Kua pau te miraka. Aua atu. Māku e hoko i te ahiahi nei. / The milk's run out. Never mind. I'll buy some this afternoon.
Pare: Ai. I wareware katoa au ki te kuhu tarau roto. Rangi: Aua atu rā. Ko wai ka mōhio (HKK 1999:164). / Pare: Heck. I completely forgot to put on panties. Rangi: Never mind. Who would know.

Show example

Hide example

ka/kua aua atu te wā

1. for a long time, it's been ages - indicates that an activity or state existed for a long period of time.

Kua aua atu te wā e mahi ana au i Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato. / I worked for a long time at The University of Waikato.

Show example

Hide example

kaua

1. (negative) do not, don't, had better not - for negative commands. Other dialectal forms include aua, kauaka and kauraka.

(Te Kākano Textbook (Ed. 2): 67; Te Pihinga Study Guide (Ed. 1): 40-41;)

Kaua koe e haere! / Don't you go!

Show example

Hide example

See also kauaka, kauraka, aua, auaka


2. (negative) should not - used in negation following kia.

Me whakatū he pōti mō te waipiro, kia whakaaetia, kia kaua e whakaaetia ki Te Rohe Pōtae. / A referendum should be held as to whether or not alcohol should be allowed into the King Country.

Show example

Hide example


3. (negative) must not - sometimes used in negation following me.

Me kaua a Kura-mōnehu e tere te whakaae atu ina tono a Rōra kia moe rāua. / Kura-mōnehu shouldn't be in a hurry to agree when Rōra requests that they wed.

Show example

Hide example


4. (negative) not - used when negating a single phrase, not the whole sentence.

Nō te Rātapu ia i haere ai, kaua i te Rāhoroi. / She went on Sunday, not Saturday.
Ka tū tēnei ki runga i te marae, kaua ki roto i te wharekai (Kāretu 2015). / This was held on the marae, not in the dining hall.

Show example

Hide example

ngaua

1. (determiner) those (mentioned before) - plural of taua. Must be followed by a noun. Tainui variation of aua.

Pōwhiri mai ana ngaua iwi rā, kātahi ā mātou tamariki ka ngeri atu, me mātou e karanga ana (TWK 47:31). / When those tribes welcomed us, then our children performed a ngeri back and we called.

Show example

Hide example

See also ngau, aua

Te Kākano 3rd Edition

New edition of the leading Māori-language textbook out now.

More info

The App

Te Aka Māori Dictionary is also available as an iOS and Android app. Download below.

iOS Android

The Book

Te Aka Māori-English, English-Māori Dictionary and Index by John C Moorfield comprises a selection of modern and everyday language that will be extremely useful for learners of the Māori language.

More info

He Pātaka Kupu

Te kai a te rangatira

He Pātaka Kupu is a monolingual Māori language dictionary, and was designed using its own culturally authentic terms.

Visit website

00:00