Clear Search
Found 41 matches
  • filters Arrow
    • Include Idioms
      Exclude Idioms
      Only Idioms
    • Include Phrases
      Exclude Phrases
      Only Phrases
    • Include Proverbs
      Exclude Proverbs
      Only Proverbs
    • Include Loan Words
      Exclude Loan Words
      Only Loan Words
      Include Historical Loan Words
    • Close
Found 41 matches

kia Play

1. (particle) when, until - used for future time.

Kia oti ngā mahi, ka whakatā tātou. / When the jobs are completed we'll rest.
(Te Kākano Textbook (Ed. 2): 77;)


Found 41 matches

2. (particle) to, that - to indicate a purpose, wish, or effect. Used in this way if the second verb is passive or a stative, or if the subject of the subordinate clause is different from that of the main clause, i.e. the person, people, thing or things doing the actions in the two parts of the sentence are different.  Kia may be used if the person, people, thing or things doing the action in the two parts of the sentence are the same, or is part of a group,  if an appropriate personal pronoun is used, e.g. as in the second example sentence.

I tonoa rātou kia waiata. / They were asked to sing.
E hiahia ana a Wī kia haere ia ki te wānanga reo (HJ 2017:179). / Wī wanted to go to the Māori language live-in school.
(Te Kākano Textbook (Ed. 2): 98;)


Found 41 matches

3. (particle) be, let be - indicates that it is desirable for something to occur. Used this way in giving commands involving adjectives (statives) and experience verbs.

Kia tūpato! / Be careful!
(Te Kākano Textbook (Ed. 2): 27, 58;)

See also kia kaha


Found 41 matches

4. (particle) Used to ask and say how many things are needed.

Kia hia ngā tīkiti māu? Kia rua. / How many tickets do you need? Two, please.
(Te Kākano Textbook (Ed. 2): 63;)


Found 41 matches

5. (particle) not yet.


(Te Kākano Textbook (Ed. 2): 56-57;)

See also kāore anō ... kia


Found 41 matches

6. (particle) so that, in order that.

See also kia ... ai, kia kore ai ... e ...


Found 41 matches

7. (particle) should not.


(Te Māhuri Textbook (Ed. 2): 64-65;)

See also kia kaua ... e ...


Found 41 matches

8. (particle) so that ... will not/would not.


(Te Māhuri Textbook (Ed. 2): 31-32;)

See also kia kore ai ... e ...


-kia Play

1. (particle) A passive ending.

Hopukia te kīore nā! / Catch that rat!
(Te Kākano Textbook (Ed. 2): 65-67, 84-85;)


kia ... ana Play

1. (particle) kia followed by ana denotes continuous action, usually when also following waiho or tuku.

Ka whakatauria me tuku rātou kia haere ana. / It was decided that they should be allowed to go.
(Te Māhuri Textbook (Ed. 2): 151;)


kia ahatia Play

1. what can be done, so what, what business is it of yours, what's it got to do with you, what does it matter, never mind - an idiom used to indicate a lack of interest by the speaker for the comments of another person because they are of little importance.

I kī taurangi koe ka whakaaetia au kia haere ki te pikitia. Kia ahatia! Me noho koe ki te whakaoti i ō mahi mō te kura. / You promised that I would be allowed to go to the film. So what! You must stay and finish your homework.
(Te Kōhure Textbook (Ed. 2): 115;)


kia kaha Play

1. be strong, get stuck in, keep going.

Kei te hāparangi tonu te waha o taku hoa, "Kia tere te haere o tō tāua waka, e Hēmi. Kia kaha te takahi atu!" (HP 1991;145). / My companion shouted out, "We'd better speed up, Hēmi. Put your foot down!"


2. go for it then - sometime used idiomatically to suggest that there are risks involved.

Pare: I kī mai taku kuia kia kaua e parea taku tuarā ki ngā ngaru o te moana. Rangi: Kāore au e whakarongo ki a ia. Pare: Ā kāti, kia kaha (HKK 1999:60). / Pare: My grandmother told me not to turn my back to the waves. Rangi: I wouldn't listen to her. Pare: Oh well, go for it then.


Kia tau! Play

1. settle down! chill out!.


Kia ora! Play

1. (interjection) hello! cheers! good luck! best wishes!.


(Te Kākano Textbook (Ed. 2): 1;)


kia tapawhā! Play

1. square it up!.


kia ... ai Play

1. so that, in order that.

Huakina te wini kia rere atu ai te rango. / Open the window so that the blowfly can fly away.
(Te Kākano Textbook (Ed. 2): 99;)

See also kia, ai


kāore anō ... kia Play

1. (negative) has not yet, have not yet - the usual negative for affirmative sentences that begin with kua. While anō is usually present it is sometimes omitted. Kia may be replaced by i. There is usually a change in word order from the affirmative sentence, although this is not essential.

Kāore anō te wai kia hū. / The water hasn't boiled yet.
(Te Kākano Textbook (Ed. 2): 56;)

See also kia


kia kore atu Play

1. it's not possible.


kia rite tonu Play

1. so that it's just like - usually followed by ki.


kia tika rā! Play

1. you reckon! is that right! you are joking!.


kia kaua ... e ... Play

1. (particle) that ... should not ... - used in indirect commands.

I reira ētahi tāngata e whakahē ana ki tēnei, kia kaua tātou e haere ki Hawai‘i. / There were some people there who objected to this, that we should not go to Hawai‘i.
(Te Māhuri Textbook (Ed. 2): 64-65;)

See also kia


kia ... (mai) (hoki) ... Play

1. what a - an idiom to emphasise a characteristic of a person or quality of something, both good and bad.

Kia ātaahua hoki te rangi nei. / What a beautiful day.

See also kia [pai] mai (hoki)


e tā, kia tika Play

1. hey man, you're having me on - an colloquial expression.


kia kore ai ... e ... Play

1. (particle) so that ... will not/would not.

I kumea mai e rātou a 'Tākitimu' ki uta rawa, kia kore ai e riro i te tai. / They pulled Tākitimu right up the beach so that it would not be carried away by the tide.
(Te Māhuri Textbook (Ed. 2): 31-32;)

See also kia


kia [pai] mai (hoki) Play

1. that is really good, that's just fantastic - an idiom to exclaim about the quality of something. Other appropriate adjectives can substitute for pai.

Kia pai mai hoki te tamaiti rā (HKK 1999:24). / That child is fantastic.


kāti anō [koe] kia ... Play

1. it was quite right, it was appropriate, it's only right that - a kīwaha suggesting that something was appropriate given the circumstances.

Kāti anō kia whakatā ia - kua ono rā kē hoki e pukumahi ana (HJ 2012:45). / It's only right that she has a rest - she's been working hard for six days.
Kāti anō koe kia haere mai ki tēnei hui. Mēnā kāore koe i puta mai, tērā pea kua riro te kaupapa i a Kāwekaweka (HKK 1999:34). / It's only right that you came to this meeting. If you hadn't appeared, Kāwekaweka would probably have obtained the project.


kia kīia ai (hoki) Play

1. up you too, so what - sometimes used as an idiom to show one's anathema to an opinion or activity that has just been stated by someone regarded as being arrogant or overbearing.

Pare: Ko au te mea mōhio katoa ki ērā mea. Kāore he mea e kātata mai ki a au. Rangi: Kia kīia ai! (HKK 1999:89). / Pare: I'm the most knowledgeable about those things. Nobody can touch me. Rangi: Up you too!


Books + Apps

Download

The App

This Māori dictionary is now available as an app. With the iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, and Android app you can use the dictionary anywhere without the need to be online.

iPhone / iPad / Android

Buy

The Book

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

More info