1. n. Raised framework or staging, gridiron, shelf, rack, scaffolding, litter.
Tē ma‘ani pā‘ata nei māua ‘ei rūrū i te ‘ua tīnapi.
We are making some staging to sew the Chinese cabbage seeds on;
Kua ‘o‘ora mātou i te ‘akari ki runga i te pā‘ata ē kua vai‘o ki va‘o i te rā ē marō ‘ua atu te ‘akari.
We spread the coconut out on the staging and left it out in the sun to let the copra dry out;
Kua kanga ‘aere te tamariki nā runga i te pā‘ata i tō rātou pā‘ī tai‘anga.
The children played around on the bathing platform when they went swimming;
E ‘akapapa koe i te kapu marō ki runga i te pā‘ata.
Put the dry cups up on the shelf;
Kua ‘apai rātou i tō rātou ariki nā runga i te pā‘ata ki te marae.
They carried their High Chief to the marae on a litter;
Kua ‘akavaitata atura aia, rave atura i taua paata tupapaku ra.
And then he drew near and touched the bier (Luke 7.14).
2. (-‘ia). To place sthg on a raised framework etc., to place sthg on supports so as to make a pā‘ata.
Kua pā‘ata ‘aia i te ika ki te ‘ā nū i tōna tunutunu‘anga.
He cooked his fish on a grill made from the spine of a coconut leaf;
Kua pā‘ata‘ia te rākau ki runga ake i te taramu ‘ei ngā‘i tauraki‘anga kōpara.
He laid sticks across the top of the drums as a staging to dry the copra on;
Kua ‘inga‘inga te poupou i tōku pā‘ata‘anga i te rākau ki runga, nō te mea kāre i piri meitaki.
The posts collapsed when I laid the planks across on top because they weren’t firm enough.
[pā-7, cf. pā3, ‘ata1.]