kōutu, n. A ceremonial ground, where the ariki was invested and held court, and where various meetings and ceremonies were held.
Kua ‘akauruuru te ‘ui tupuna i tō rātou ariki ki runga i te kōutu.
Our forefathers ceremonially confirmed the installation of their king at the
kōutu; Kua rave‘ia te ‘āriki‘anga i te Kāvana Tiānara ki runga i te kōutu o Makea, koia ‘a Taputapuātea.
The reception honouring the Governor General was held at Tapu-tapuātea, Makea’s
kōutu. [Ce. *koo-utu.]