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kaumātua

1. (verb) (-tia) to grow old, grow up.

I te mea kua tino kaumātua rawa atu te Mohi Tūrei rāua ko Tamihana Huata, ka whakaarohia e te Hāhi me penihana rāua (TP 4/1907:4). / Because Mohi Tūrei and Tamihana Huata are very elderly, the church thinks that they should receive pensions.
Kua kaumātuatia a ia, ā, ko tōna kanohi kurehe e kitea atu ana i raro i ōna makawe mā (TWK 35:19). / He had become old and his wrinkled face could be seen under his white hair.

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2. (modifier) elderly, old, aged.

Ka puta mai he tangata kaumātua he hina te māhunga (THNT 21/5/1863:4). / An elderly man with grey hair appeared.

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3. (noun) adult, elder, elderly man, elderly woman, old man - a person of status within the whānau.

I kite te kaumātua nei i te whakakaraunatanga o tētahi o āna tama hei kīngi mō Kirihi, ko tētahi he kāwana nō Kiriti (TP 2/1906:4). / This old man saw the crowning of one of his sons as King of Greece, and one son is Governor of Crete.

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penihana kaumātua

1. (loan) (noun) old-age pension.

Me tono he penihana kaumātua mōna (TP 7/1905:10). / She should apply for an old-age pension.

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Tari Kaumātua, Te

1. (loan) Office for Senior Citizens.

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