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ia

1. (noun) current, flow.

Ka rongo atu a Te Kawau-a-toru, kātahi ka kī atu, “Tēnā, kāore rānei koutou i kite i tētehi whenua kaha te ia o te moana? Inahoki a Raukawa, ko te ingoa noa iho i rahi, kāore i kaha te ia.” (JPS 1893:147). / When Te Kawau-a-toru heard this he said, “Well, have you ever seen a land in which the current of the sea is very strong? As for Raukawa, its name alone is great, but its currents have no strength.”

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2. (noun) cadence, beat, rhythm - of a haka.

Ka kōrero koe mō te rangi o te waiata, ka kōrero koe mō te ia o te haka (Wh4 2004:73). / One talks about the 'rangi' (tune) of a song but the 'ia' (cadence) of a haka.

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Synonyms: whakaauau, manawataki


3. (noun) trend.

E kitea mai ana te ia o te pānga, arā, ka pakeke haere te tamaiti, ka tāroaroa haere (TRP 2010:139). / The trend in the relationship can be seen, that is, as the child grows older she becomes taller.

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