tupuna

tupuna, n.

1. Grandparent. Tupuna tāne, grandfather. Tupuna va‘ine, grand-mother.

Nā tō mātou tupuna va‘ine i tuku iāia ki runga i taua ‘enua.
Our great-grandmother put him on that land (settled him on).

2. Ancestors.

Ko tō mātou ‘ai tupuna tei tae mua ki runga i teia ‘enua.
It was our ancestors who were the first to come to this island. Tuatua tupuna, old saying, proverb.

‘E tuatua tupuna tēnā i tō mātou ‘enua.
That is a proverb in our country.
[Pn. *tupuna.]

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