1. n. Root.
Kā ngote te rākau i te mā‘ū nā roto i tō rātou aka.
Plants will suck up moisture through their roots;
‘E rākau aka pakari te toa.
Ironwood trees have strong roots;
Tē reru akā ‘orā ra ‘aia ‘ei ‘orā ika.
He is pounding up Tephrosia roots for fish poison. Aka ‘enua, n., a native of a place.
Kāre ‘aia i te manu‘iri, ‘e aka ‘enua tika ai.
He isn’t a foreigner, he was born and bred here. Aka metua, main root, taproot.
E tīpū i te aka metua kia poto, kā tanu ei i te ‘uri ‘ānani.
Cut the main root off short before you plant the young orange trees.
2. n. Branch of the family, line of descent.
Nō tē‘ea aka tōna tupu‘anga?
Which branch is he descended from?
3. (-‘ia) but v.i. Take root.
Kua aka te rākau.
The plant has rooted;
Kia aka‘ia te tuatua ā te Atua ki roto i tō ngākau.
May the Lord’s word be rooted in your heart.