- Road, path, trail, track. Ko te mataara teia e tae atu ki te tumu o te reira maunga. This track leads to the base of the mountain; Te maani mataara nei matou ki roto i te o. We are building a road into the valley; Kua aru aia i te mataara o tona metua. He followed in his father’s footsteps; Aere ra, tena te mataara e tiroa ua ana. Go on then, nobody is keeping you. Mataara puaka, pig trail.
- Route, way. E aere korua na tena mataara, ka na teia maua. You two go that way, well go this way; Ko au te mataara, e te tuatua-mou e te ora (John 14.6). I am the way, the truth, and the life.
- Way of getting somewhere, means of transport. Kua rauka toou mataara no te aere ki te ura a konei? Have you got transport to the dance tonight?; Ka meitaki ua te poti oe ei mataara no tatou ki te motu. The rowing boat w do to get us to the island.
- Way of doing something, method. Teia te mataara tau no te raveanga. This is the right way to do it; Kare atu e mataara meitaki e oti vave ei teia angaanga, mari ra kia taokotai tatou. There is no better of way of getting the job done quickly than for us to cooperate. [Np. *mata-ara.]
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