va‘a1, v.i. Fall (of tide), ebb, go out.

Kua va‘a te tai.
The tide is going out;

‘E tai va‘a tēia.
This is a falling tide;

Kua tuku rāua i te kupenga ki te ni‘a o te ava i te va‘a‘anga te tai.
They set the net near the edge of the channel when the tide began to fall.

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