tē1, part., pre-verbal marker, isochronic aspect. Translate by present continuous tense or (rarely) immediate future, or, in complex sentences, by a continous tense appropriate to main clause tense; always accompanied by nei, -na, ra after the verb.
Tē manako nei au i te ‘oki ki te ‘are.
I‘m thinking of going back to the house;
Mē tē tuatuā na ‘aia, kāre e kino, ‘auraka e tāmanamanatā.
If he is busy talking now, it doesn’t matter, don’t bother him;
Mē tē tuatuā ra kōrua, kāre e kino, kā no‘o au ka tiaki.
If you two are busy talking there, never mind, I‘ll hang on and wait a bit;
Tē meitaki ‘ua nei mātou kātoatoa.
We are all keeping quite well;
Tē ‘aere mai nei ‘aia i tuatua atu ei au kiāia.
I spoke to him as he was coming.