2. (modifier) thirsty.
He rongo pai nō te whenua tawhiti, tōna rite kei ngā wai mātao ki te wairua matewai (PT Nga Whakatauki 25:25). / As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.
3. (noun) thirst.
Kei tā te kaikauwhau Katorika, kei tā Louis Catherin Servant, he whenua tērā e kore e pākia e te mātao, e te hemokai, e te matewai rānei (TTR 1990:98-99). / According to the Catholic missionary Louis Catherin Servant that would be a land in which there was neither cold, hunger nor thirst.