Kua mamae taku tua.
My back hurts;
‘e manu tua tea,
a white backed bird. Tuā‘onu, a turtle’s shell.
‘E tuā ‘onu mānea tei tuku‘ia nāna.
It was a lovely turtle’s shell he was given. Tua-puku, humpbacked.
‘E tangata tuapuku tei tuatua kiāia.
A man with a humped back spoke to him.
2. Ridge (of mountain, swell of ground), crest (of wave), bottom (of inverted bowl, trough, canoe etc.).
Te tua o te maunga,
the ridge of the mountain;
‘e maunga tuatea ē te teitei,
a high, white-capped mountain;
Tē tāpatekā ra ‘aia i te tua o te vaka.
He is planing down the hull of the canoe (upside down on the beach).
3. Surface (e.g. land, sea), face (e.g. the outside or right side of mat, material, etc).
‘E ngā‘i tua kirikiri tei reira.
The (surface of the) ground there is strewn with pebbles;
Kua karekare te tua o te moana.
The surface of the sea was ruffled;
te tua o te ‘enua,
the surface of the ground;
‘E ngā‘i tuamarō tērā.
The (surface of the) ground is dry there;
‘E moenga tuarua tei raranga‘ia.
It was a double-fronted mat that’s being plaited (i.e. reversible, having two right sides);
Kua tuatua‘ia ē tē no‘ō ra ‘aia i te rangi tuatoru.
They say he is living up there in the third level of the sky;
Kua toto‘a te maki nā runga i te tua o te ‘enua.
The disease spread throughout the country. Tuā‘are, the floor of a house.
Kimia ki raro i te tuā‘are.
Search under the floor of the house. Tuārangi, the (vault of the) sky, cloud cover, clouds.
‘Ea‘a rā te tuārangi i muramura pērā ai?
Why is the sky red like that?;
Kua ngaro te ‘ētū ki muri i te tuārangi.
The star disappeared behind the clouds. Tuārepo, banked, irrigated taro patches.
‘Auraka e tuku i te ‘oro‘enua kia ori nā runga i te tuārepo.
Don’t let the horse stray over the taro patches.
4. Side or end (e.g. house).
E tū koe ki teia tua kā tū au ki tērā tua.
You stand on this side and I‘ll go and stand on that side;
Te tua roa (poto) o te ngā‘i tu‘e‘anga pōro.
The long side (or short side or end) of the football pitch;
E tī pū i te ika i rotopū ka ‘apai ei i tēta‘i tua nā‘au.
Cut the fish in two and take one piece for yourself.
5. loc. n. Out at sea, outside the reef.
Mē marino te tai āpōpō, ka ‘aere māua ki tua tautai ei.
If the sea is calm tomorrow, we‘ll go out to sea fishing;
‘E pa‘ī tei tua, ko Tiare Tāporo pa‘a.
There is a ship out to sea, maybe it is Tiare Tāporo.
6. To, or on, the ocean side of an atoll. Te tuāmotu, the scattered outer islands, outlying islands.
Kua ‘aere te au vaka ki te tuāmotu.
The canoes sailed to the outlying islands.