1. Gap, intervening space or distance.
Tukuna ki roto i tēnā vā.
Put it down in that (gap) space there;
Mei te toru maire te vā i rotopū i tō mātou ‘ōire ē tō rātou.
Our village and theirs are about three miles apart. I rotopū i te vā, in between.
E tanu i te ‘uri ‘ānani ki rotopū i te vā o tēnā ngā pū rākau.
Plant the orange sapling between that pair of trees.
2. Period of time, interval.
Ko te vā meitaki rāi tēia nō tāua i te ‘aere, koia i mao ei te ua.
This is the best time for us to go, now, while the rain has stopped; I taua vā rāi, at that very moment;
I te vā ka takakē ei ‘aia, kua riro tāna puakaoa ‘ei tiaki i tōna kāinga.
His dog guarded his home while he was away.
3. v.i. Be or come apart, open up (of a gap).
Kua ‘aka‘oro ‘aia i tōna pere‘ō i te vā‘anga te mataara.
He got his wagon going when the road was clear;
Kua vā teia ngā‘i i te kaingākai, kāre i tika meitaki te rākau i te a‘u‘anga.
There is a crack in the table here, the boards weren’t planed accurately.
4. Have time, be free.
Mē kāre koe e vā i teia rā, kāre e kino, e tuku atu ki tēta‘i rā.
If you aren’t free today, it doesn’t matter, leave it until another time.