1. (a) Belonging to, of (where the possession is, or is conventionally treated as, inherent, inalienable, non-agentive: cf.
nā3). Nō ‘ai tēia pare?
Who does this hat belong to?;
Nō Viriamu tēnā ‘are.
That’s Viriamu’s house;
Nō te aronga ‘anga‘anga tēia au pātikara.
These bikes belong to the workmen;
te kō‘ī ‘āuri nō te kiri vai,
the nozzle that goes on the hose;
‘E tungāne ‘aia nō te ‘oa o tōku teina.
He is the brother of my younger sister’s friend. (b) In giving the date.
‘E rā varu tēia nō Tiurai.
It is the eighth of July. (c) In giving the half-hour.
‘Āpa nō te ora toru,
2. For (the future inherent possession of).
Ka ‘ōake koe i tēnā ‘oro‘enua nō ‘ai?
Who are you going to give that horse to?;
TĒ tui nei au i tēia piripou nō Tau.
I‘m making these trousers for Tau (to wear).
3. For (a particular purpose).
Tēia te vai meitaki nō te inu.
This is good water for drinking.
4. Engaged in (an activity).
Kua ūkī mātou i te ta‘ua, kāreka rātou nō te pēni ‘are.
We scrubbed the floors, but they were house-painting;
Nō te a‘a koe?
What have you been doing?;
Kāre rava au nō te ‘irinaki ‘aka‘ou iā koe.
I‘ll certainly never trust you again;
Kāre tēnā ‘ātava nō te ‘ati iā koe.
You‘ll not break that branch.
5. In Nō te … mai, from (a place).
Nō Ma‘uke mai mātou.
We come from Ma‘uke;
Nō ‘ea te ngā‘i i kite ei koe i tēia moni?
Where did you find this money?;
Nō ‘ea tā‘au?
Where did you get that story?;
Nō te maunga mai tēia kā‘ui meika.
This bunch of bananas comes from up on the hill;
te ngā‘i nō reira mai rātou,
the place they came from;
Nō roto i te puka te ngā‘i i kiriti mai ei i tēia tuatua.
I’ve taken this extract from a book.
6. Because of, as a result of, for (a reason).
Nō te matangi i kino ei te rākau.
It is because of the wind that the plants have been damaged;
Kāre ‘aia e tae mai ki te ‘anga‘anga nō te maki.
He won’t be coming to work due to illness;
Kua pāpā ‘aia iā Pere nō te kanga i te vai.
He beat Pere for mucking about with the water; Nō reira…(ei), that’s why, so.
Nō te konākava iāia, nō reira ‘aia i ū ei ki runga i te mōtokā.
Because he was drunk, that’s the reason he bumped into the car;
Tē ‘aere nei au ki Avarua, nō reira ‘auraka koe e ‘aere mai ki te kāinga.
I‘m going to Avarua, so don’t come to the house. Nō te mea, because, for the (following) reason.
Nō te mea kua tārevakē ‘aia, kua ‘aere mai ‘aia kua tatarā‘ara.
Because he was in the wrong he came and apologised; Nō tei
(+ verb), because (=
nō te (mea) i).
Nō tei ‘ā tōna reo,
because his voice was hoarse (cf.
nō te ‘ā i tōna reo,
because of the hoarseness in his voice);
Kua ‘eke te tamaiti nō tei inu i te miti ‘aka‘eke.
The child has diarrhoea through drinking Epsom salts.
7. About, concerning, (esp. nō runga i).
Te ture nō te ‘akakore i te ‘anga‘anga i te rā Tāpati,
the law about prohibiting work on the Sabbath;
Kua ‘aere ‘aia ki te taote nō te mu‘u i tōna taringa.
He went to the doctor about the deafness in his ear;
Kāre ōku manako nō runga i tēnā tumu tuatua.
I have no views about that item on the agenda.
8. Nō te a‘a, (but) yes, (on the contrary) yes (- an affirmative reply to a negative question).
Kāre koe e ‘inangaro i te ika? Nō te a‘a!
Don’t you want the fish? Oh yes!;
Kāre koe e ‘oki mai? Nō te a‘a.
Aren’t you coming back? Yes, of course.
9. Nō ātu, a (mis)spelling of
although. (See nōku, nō‘ou, nōna.) [n-, ō1.] [Pn. *nŒo.]