- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Tangata metua, v.i. Old. See under tangata. (See akametua, (aka)orometua.) [Pn. *matua.]
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