‘ē1, v.i. Make an error, happen to do something, do something by accident.
Kua ‘ē ‘ua au i te ‘akatika ki tāna tuatua nō tōku mataku,
I made the mistake of agreeing to what he said because I was afraid;
Kua ‘ē au i te kāpiki iā koe, nō te mea kua manako au iā koe ē ko Tara,
I called you by mistake, I thought you were Tara;
Kua pakapaka tōku rima i tōku ‘ē‘anga i te mou i te ‘āuri vera,
I burned my hand when I accidentally took hold of the hot iron;
Kāre rava au e ‘ē i te ‘akakite i teia tuatua ki tēta‘i tangata, ‘ei rotopū ‘ua ia tāua,
I certainly won’t let this story slip out to anyone else, it‘ll be just between the two of us;
Kāre i te mea ‘ē, ‘e mea ‘akakoro tika ai,
it wasn’t any accident, it was quite deliberate;
Mē ‘ē ake koe i te ‘oki ‘aka‘ou mai, e ‘apai mai koe i tēta‘i ‘uri tiare nāku,
if you should happen to come this way again, bring me a few young flower plants.