1. Load, burden, anything carried.
Kāvea te tā‘onga a tēnā va‘ine.
Carry that lady’s things;
KĀ riro te reira ‘ei tā‘onga tukituki ki runga i te reira ‘iti-tangata.
It will be a crushing burden on that people (e.g. a tax). Tā‘onga tamaki, weapons etc.
Kua ‘apai tā‘onga tamaki rātou i tō rātou tiaki‘anga i te pūnanga.
They were armed when they went on guard at the fortress. Tā‘ongā-rima, something carried in the hand esp. a present, offering.
Tē tuku atu nei au i tēia ko‘u ‘ei tā‘ongā-rima nō‘ou i te ‘oki‘anga.
I‘m giving you this as a present to take back with you.
2. Title, rank, position, profession.
‘E mata‘iapo tōna tā‘onga.
He holds a
mata‘iapo title; Kāre rava ‘e tā‘onga e iri ki runga iā koe mē ko tō‘ou tū tēnā.
There‘ll be no title coming to you if that’s the way you go on. ‘Enua ‘āriki tā‘onga, land that goes with a title.
Ko te tangata tā‘onga teitei tēnā i tēia ngā‘i ‘anga‘anga.
He holds the highest office in our department. Tā‘onga rangatira, noble rank.