kura2

kura2, n.

1. A present which a travelling party sends on ahead to their prospective hosts.

Ko te kura tēia i tō tātou tere ki Tumu-te-varovaro.
This present is from our travelling party in respect of their coming visit to Rarotonga.

2. An order from a chief requiring gifts to be donated for some ceremonial function.

Kua tae mai te kura a te ariki ki te aronga tanu i runga i tōna ‘enua.
The chief’s requisition reached the people who were farming his land.

3. A messenger bearing such a present or order.

Kua kave mai te kura i te ‘apinga nō te ‘aere‘anga te tere o te ariki.
The messenger has brought the present for the coming royal visit. (cf. kura1, i.e. a red (and therefore sacred or chiefly) object.)

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