kua, verbal part. Marks perfective aspect (i.e. completed action or established state). Translatable by an English simple past or (with adjectives) present tense, or (according to the time reference) any of the perfect verb forms.
Kua rauka ki te ‘ā nga‘uru tāku kanae i tō mātou rama‘anga i tēta‘i pō ake nei.
I caught as many as forty mullets when we went fishing with torches the other night;
Kua oti te tāre-kareka.
The match is over now;
Kua kī te tai.
The tide is in;
Kua riro taku kiri moni.
My purse has gone;
Ā te Varaire kua tae mai te pa‘ī
. On Friday, the ship will be here (will have arrived);
‘Ī ta‘i nga‘uru mā rima toe kua tuaero.
It’s a quarter to twelve;
Kua meitaki koe?
Are you better now? [Pn. *kua.]