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    1. Parent, esp. father. Kua aere toku nga metua ki te maunga i te tiki utu. My parents have gone to the mountain to get bananas; e to matou Metua i te ao ra, our Father in heaven (Matt. 6.9).
    2. Metua angai, foster-parent, guardian. Kua tuku toku metua angai iaku kia orote ki Nutireni. My foster-parents sent me to New Zealand for a holiday. Metua anau, natural parent. Ko toku metua teia i akonoia ai au i te mateanga toku nga metua anau. This is my guardian who has been looking after me since my real parents died. Metua ongai, parent-in-law. Ko toku metua ongai vaine teia, tera toku metua ongai tane. This is my mother-in-law, that is my father-in-law. Metua tane, father, Metua vaine, mother. Tei Rarotonga toku metua tane, kareka toku metua vaine tei Mangaia. My father is in Rarotonga, but my mother is in Mangaia.
    3. Ai metua, forefathers, ancestors. Na to matou ai metua i patu i tera marae. Our ancessors built that marae. Ara metua, the old road running around Rarotonga, inland of the present main road. Kua tamaia te ara metua e toru taime i te mataiti. The old road was cleared out three times a year.
    4. Father, Catholic priest. Kua raveia tetai umukai maata no te taeanga mai o te metua ki to matou oire. A big feast was held for the arrival of the father in the vage.
    5. Main, principal or earlier part (from which others branch or follow). Te paipa metua, the main pipe. Te aka metua, the taproot. Te popongi metua, the early morning.
    6. Tangata metua, v.i. Old. See under tangata. (See akametua, (aka)orometua.) [Pn. *matua.]

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