Ko tā te rangatira kai he kōrero
More on the use tā and tō and their plural forms
Fluent speakers will sometimes use tā and tō and their plural forms ā and ō as alternatives to the combinations of te . . . o, te . . . a, ngā . . . o, ngā . . .a. You will see the two types of sentences in the following examples.
Ko te mahi a te kuia he karanga.
The elderly women’s job is to call.
Ko tā te kuia mahi he karanga.
Ko te kāinga o Waimārie ko Te Papaioea
Waimārie’s home is Palmerston North.
Ko tō Waimarie kāinga ko Te Papaioea.
Ko ngā whenua o Mīria kei Kāwhia.
Mīria’a lands are at Kāwhia.
Ko ō Mīria whenua kei Kāwhia.
While this alternative form is used less frequently, it often avoids the speaker having to repeat themselves.
He paruparu ake ō rāua kākahu i ō Neihana.
Their clothes are dirtier than those of Neihana.
For further explanations and examples see Te Pihinga p.126
Tirohia ngā rerenga kōrero e whai ake nei, ā, whakamahia te rerenga kia rite ai ki tērā o ngā tauira i runga rā.
Look at the following sentences, your job is to re-arrange the sentences so that they use the same structure as the examples above.