1. Used as a third person singular personal pronoun: he, she:
(a) written as one word with the proper article ‘a when the noun phrase is not preceded by a preposition (see ‘aia):
Kua ‘aere ‘aia ki ta‘atai.
He/she has gone to the beach;
(b) in the prepositional phrase
i/ki + ā2 + ia,
the whole complex being written as one word (see
iāia, kiāia): I ‘ārāvei ana koe iāia?
Did you see him/her?;
Ka tuatua au kiāia.
I‘ll speak to him/her:
(c) immediately after the prepositions
e2, ko, ma,
which are not followed by the proper article;
are commonly written as one word:
Ka ‘okona e ia te puaka.
He’s going to sell off the pig;
Nō tei ‘iki‘ia koia, kua ‘akapikika‘a maki ‘aia.
Because he was the one selected, he pretended to be sick;
Kua ‘aere mātou, ma ia katoa.
We went, and he/she came with us:
(d) in possessive constructions (i.e. after
ā1, ō1, a-; nā, nō; tō8, ta-), ia
is replaced by
-na3, see āna, ōna, ana3; nāna, nōna; tāna, tōna, tana.
(a) this (one), that (one), these, those, esp. the one(s) indicated, referred to, or being discussed:
mē ko te tumu ia i mate ei te puakatoro,
if that’s the reason the cow died (=
mē koia te tumu …); Ko te tangata matū ra, ko te pū ia.
The fat man there, that one’s the boss;
Kāre ia i te mea meitaki.
It isn’t a good thing;
Mē ‘e tangata piripou roa kerekere, ko au ia.
If it was someone with black trousers, it was me;
That’s the one (That’s it; That’s right);
Ko te aronga i toe ra, kua taia ia ki te koke.
And the remnant, (they) were slain with the sword (Rev. 19.21);
(b) followed by a noun phrase in apposition:
Ko koe ia te tangata tei tōpāpā i te pā.
So you were the person knocking on the door;
‘Ea‘a ia te māniania!
What a noise!;
‘Ea‘a ia te pue‘u mē marō te mataara!
How dusty it is when the road is dry!
(c) prenominally, as a determiner:
Mē motu ia taura, e tāmou ‘ei taura ‘ōu.
If that rope breaks, fasten a new one on;
Kua mate takere ia tangata.
That person has been dead for some time;
koia mou tāku e karanga atu kia kōtou nei,
verily I say unto you (i.e.
ko ia mou..,
this truth) (Mark 10.29);
‘Ē 4,840 kuea iāti, ‘ē ta‘i ia ‘eka.
Four thousand, eight hundred and forty square yards make one acre.
(cf. tēia, ēia, ‘aia, koia; -na3.)