mataara, n. 1. Road, path, trail, track.
Ko te mataara tēia e tae atu ki te tumu o tē reira maunga.
This track leads to the base of the mountain;
Tē ma‘ani mataara nei mātou ki roto i te ō.
We are building a road into the valley;
Kua āru ‘aia i te mataara o tōna metua.
He followed in his father’s footsteps;
‘Aere rā, tēnā te mataara e tīroa ‘ua ana.
Go on then, nobody is keeping you. Mataara puaka, pig trail.
2. Route, way.
E ‘aere kōrua nā tēnā mataara, ka nā tēia māua.
You two go that way, we‘ll go this way;
Ko au te mataara, e te tuatua-mou e te ora
(John 14.6). I am the way, the truth, and the life.
3. Way of getting somewhere, means of transport.
Kua rauka tō‘ou mataara nō te ‘aere ki te ‘ura ā konei?
Have you got transport to the dance tonight?;
Ka meitaki ‘ua te poti ‘oe ‘ei mataara nō tātou ki te motu.
The rowing boat will do to get us to the island.
4. Way of doing something, method.
Tēia te mataara tau nō te rave‘anga.
This is the right way to do it;
Kāre atu ‘e mataara meitaki e oti vave ei tēia ‘anga‘anga, māri rā kia tā‘okota‘i tātou.
There is no better of way of getting the job done quickly than for us to cooperate.