tikāi, tika ai. Really, real, actual, definitely, certainly.
‘Āe, ‘e tika ai nāku.
Yes, it’s the honest truth I‘m telling you;
Kua ‘aere tika ai koe kua ‘ārāvei iāia?
Did you really go and meet him?;
Koia tika ai.
That’s the one all right (that’s it for sure);
Ko ia tika ai tei tuatua mai.
He spoke to me himself (he’s the one who spoke to me all right);
I ‘aere mai ‘aia ki ōna tika ai, kāre rā rātou i ‘āriki atu iāia.
He came to his own people, but they would not accept him;
nō ātu ē ko te ariki tika ai,
no matter though it be the king himself.