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n. The first of all, the forerunner, the earliest. Kua riro ratou ei momua no te aronga tei ariki i te Evangeria i teia pa enua. They were the very first to accept the gospel in these islands; Ko ratou te momua, ko matou te rua. They were the first (e.g. settlers), we were the second; Ko to ratou kopu te momua, ko matou te aru atu. Their family is the most senior branch, we come next (e.g. they descend from an an elder brother, we from a younger). [mo-, mua.]

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