1. Ruling body, authority or power, realm.
Ko te reva tē reira o tē reira ‘au.
That’s the national flag of that power;
te ‘au Peritāne, the British Commonwealth. ‘Au va‘ine, women’s guild. Kua ‘akaue‘ia e te ‘au va‘ine kia tāmā‘ia āroto i te ‘ōire.
The women’s guild gave instructions for the district to be tidied up;
Ka ‘akatupu ‘au va‘ine rātou ki tō rātou tapere.
They are going to form a women’s guild in their parish. Tuku i te ‘au, give in, surrender, give up (resistance or attempt).
Kua tuku mātou i te ‘au i te kimi iāTara.
We gave up the search for Tara.
2. Period of authority, reign, tenure of office.
I te ‘au o te ariki, ko Tinirau,
during the reign of King Tinirau.
(see (tā-)‘ōrure‘au, ‘autū, va‘atere‘au.)