- Place (general term), position, location. Ko te ngai meitaki teia i te noo. This is a good place to sit; Ka aere taua e ngai ke. Let’s go somewhere else; E mou koe i tena ngai, ka mou au i teia. You catch hold there, Ill hold here; Teea toou ngai mamae? Whereabouts does it hurt?; Ko te ngai kino i toou pupu tueporo, kare e tangata tukatau i te tue kini. The weak spot in your rugby side is the lack of a good placekicker.
- Frequent as the first element in many nominal complexes, e.g., Ngai akamorianga, place of wor-ship. Ngai akapupu maki, convales-cent home. Ngai akaraanga reva, meteorological station. Ngai moe, place where one sleeps. E aere koe ki toou ngai moe me oti te pure. Go to bed after prayers; Ka apai ngai moe au noku ki taatai. I shall take my gear down to the beach to sleep. Ngai motoanga, boxing-ring. Ngai nooanga, dwel-ling place, address. Ngai okooko-anga, market. Ngai paporo, cricket ground. Ngai putuputuanga, meeting-place, assembly. Ngai taemo-emoanga oroenua, racecourse. Ngai tamaki, battlefield. Ngai tanu-manga, burial ground, cemetery, grave-yard. Ngai tarekareka, sportsground, stadium. Ngai tauna, place where the waves have heaped up coral rocks. Ngai tenitianga, tennis court. Ngai tuatuaanga (o te terepaoni), mouth-piece (of the telephone). [Pn. *„Œa, *faasi.]
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