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v.part. Essentially optative in mean-ing.

    1. Mildly imperative or exhortatory, expressing a desire or wish rather than a strong command. Kia vave mai! Be quick! (Don’t be long!); Kia viviki mai! Be quick! (Don’t dawdle!); Kia matakite! Be careful!; Kia ora te ariki! Long live the king!; Kia manuia! Good luck!; Kia tapu toou ingoa, Kia tae toou basileia, Kia akonoia toou anoano. Hallowed be Thy name, Thy kingdom come, Thy w be done (Luke 11.2); Kia rave ana koe i tena angaanga. Would you do that job; Kia tae mai ki te angaanga a te popongi Monite. Come to work on Monday morn-ing; Kia akasatauroia aia (Matt. 27.22). Let him be crucified; Teia te tatapaka, kia kai koe. Here’s the breadfruit pudding, eat up.
    2. Introducing the complement of a verb of command, request, permission, ability, obligation. Kua akaue aia iaku kia tapu. He ordered me to stop; Kua maani raua iaku kia tuku i taku tamaiti ki te apii. They made me send my child to school; Tukuna te tamariki kia aere kia tarekareka. Let the children go and play; E mea meitaki kia pati koe. It would be a good idea for you to ask; Auraka koe e tuku i toou oroenua kia aere ua. Don’t let your horse just roam around; Auraka kia ngaa te karati i te tamaiti. Don’t let the child break the tumbler; Ka rauka (or kare e rauka) iaku kia oro. I can (or can’t) run; E tau rava te maki kia rapakauia. The disease must certainly be treated; E tau i te tangataa ra kia tauturu mai. The man ought to help.
    3. In order that, so that. Kua opara raua kia taka te toka. They pushed to get the stone rolling; E akaki koe i te ngaa kia kore e tuturu akaou. F up the crack to stop it leaking again; Tukia kia ririnui. Slam it hard; Pamua kia eta. Pump it up hard.
    4. When, until. Kia po tatou ka aere ei. When it’s night, then well go; Kia oti tena pia meika i te akara, ka patiti ei. When the crate has been inspected, you can nail it down; Ka noo tatou kia po, ka aere ei. Well wait until it’s night before we go; E tiaki koe kia oti taku angaanga. Wait until my work is done. [Np. *kia1.]

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