1. (location) where? - variation of hea used especially by western dialects. An interrogative which functions like a locative or location word and is used after prepositions, i.e. kei whea? where?; ko whea? where is?; ki whea? where to?; i whea? where were? from where?; nō whea? where from?; o whea? of what place?; mā whea? via where? by what means?.
Mā whea mai koutou? / How did you come?/Which way did you come?
(Te Kākano Textbook (Ed. 2): 3, 12, 29, 47-48; Te Pihinga Textbook (Ed. 2): 64-65, 66;)
See also hea
3. (location) and other places - when repeated after a particular particle following named places preceded by the same particle.
I muri mai o ngā whawhai ki te Pākehā, ka haere tonu ēnei mahi whakatupu kai i ētahi rohe, arā, i te Rohe Pōtae, i Parihaka, i Te Tai Rāwhiti, i hea, i hea (Wh3 2003:104). / After the wars with the Pākehā, these activities of growing crops continued in some regions, namely in the King Country, at Parihaka, on the East Coast and some other places.
4. (location) any place, everywhere.
Whakarongo mai koutou katoa, ahakoa ū tō tātou waka ki whea, ki whea, o tēnei tuawhenua, ka hoki mai ahau, ko te tihi o te maunga rā taku kāinga (JPS 1893:222). / Listen all of you, whatever part of this mainland our canoe may arrives at, I shall return here, the summit of that mountain shall be my home.