- The firstborn, eldest child. Ko teia te mataiapo i taku anau. This is the eldest of my children; ta raua tamaiti mataiapo, their eldest child.
- A chiefly title and the chief who holds such title. The head of a sub-tribe, subject to the ariki (paramount chief) as far as the whole tribe is concerned and owing him tradi-tional allegiance, but otherwise largely independent as head of his own family group and owning land in his own right. The title is commonly held by the eldest child, passing to the next eldest and thus down the line in that generation, passing eventually to the eldest son in the next generation, though the title is elective and unsuitable members may be passed over if the families think fit. Kua ikiia aia e te kopu tangata ki runga i te taonga mataiapo. The whole family elected him to the mataiapo title; Kua akatupu te ui mataiapo ma te ui ariki i tetai uipa-anga, e kua pati i te au tu tangata katoatoa kia tae mai ki taua uipaanga. the mataiapo and the ariki arranged a meeting and invited everyone to attend. Mataiapo komono, a mataiapo’s deputy. Mataiapo tutara, the leading mataiapo, who represents the others when dealing with the ariki. [Ce. *mata-siapo.]
Related to mataiapo