Kua is used to show that an action has started and is either in progress or has finished. It is also used to indicate that a state has been reached. Kua can also be used in questions with a questioning intonation.
|Kua whara a Mere.
|Mere has been hurt.
|Kua wehe kē ngā tamariki.
|The children have left already.
|Kua wehe kē ngā tamariki?
|Have the children left already?
|Kua mutu te kēmu.
|The game has finished.
|Kua toru karaka te tāima.
|The time is three o'clock.
|Kua makariri te kapu tī.
|The cup of tea is cold.
Further explanations and exercises: Te Kākano p. 28; Te Kākano Pukapuka Tātaki p. 19.
Whiriwhirihia te rerenga kōrero Māori e tika ana mō ia rerenga kōrero Pākehā.
Choose the most appropriate Māori translation for each English sentence.