muatangāna, loc.n. Days of yore, ancient times, antiquity, the earliest times.
I muatangāna ra, kua anga iora te Atua i te rangi e te enua.
In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth (Gen. 1.1);
Kua ‘akakore ‘oki rātou i tei muatangāna ra au peu i te tae‘anga o te ‘Ēvangeria.
They put a stop to those old customs when the Gospel arrived;
Ko au te muatangāna e te ‘aka‘openga.
I am the first and the last.
[mua, -tanga4, ana2.]
‘ito1, loc.n. Days of yore, ancient times.
Kua vai taua tuatuā ra ‘ei ‘ākara‘anga nā taua ‘iti tangatā ra mei ‘ito mai ē tae ‘ua mai ki tēia rā.
That saying has remained a precept for those people from ancient times right up until today;
Kāre e rauka iāia i te ‘akapapa i tōna tupu‘anga mei ‘ito mai, nō te mea tē iti ‘uā ra ‘aia i mate ei tōna ngā metua.
He can’t recite his genealogy down from days of yore because both his parents died when he was still very small.