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aua Play

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.

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


aua Play

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.

See also aua hoki, e aua hoki


2. (verb) to not know.


aua Play

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.


aua Play

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.


aua Play

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

Nā Tīmoti aua waiata i tito. / Tīmoti composed those songs.
(Te Kākano Study Guide (Ed. 1): 32;)


aua hoki Play

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.


e aua Play

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

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

See also e aua hoki


aua atu (rā) Play

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

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


e aua hoki Play

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.

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


ka/kua aua atu te wā Play

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.


kaua Play

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

Kaua koe e haere! / Don't you go!
(Te Kākano Textbook (Ed. 2): 67; Te Pihinga Study Guide (Ed. 1): 40-41;)

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.


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.


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.


ngaua Play

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.

See also ngau, aua


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