tāpoki

tāpoki, (-a, -‘ia, -na).

1. Cover something, put lid or cover on, conceal, cover up (a misdemeanour).

Tē tāpoki nei māua i te umu puaka.
We‘re covering up the oven with the pigs in;

Kua tāpoki rātou i te au pi‘a ‘ānani ki te kie kia kore e mā‘ū i te ua.
They covered the boxes of oranges with a tarpaulin so they wouldn’t get wet in the rain;

E petetue roa te one i tō‘ou tāpoki‘anga i te ‘ua tōmāti.
You’ve put too much soil over the tomato seeds;

Kua tāpoki koe i te punu kōkō kia piri?
Did you put the lid on the cocoa tin tightly?;

Nō te mea ‘e ‘oa kōrua, nō reira koe i tāpoki ei i tāna ‘ara.
Because you two are friends, that’s why you covered up for him.

2. A covering, lid, flap (of pocket).

Tē‘ea te tāpoki o te punu?
Where is the top of the tin?;

Tē tari tāpoki pi‘a ‘ānani nei māua ki Matavera.
We‘re carting orange-box battens (to nail down on top of box) to Matavera;

E tāpitopito koe i te tāpoki i te pūtē i tōku pona kākī
. Button the flap down on the pocket of my khaki shirt.

3. Nail or tie on the covers of a canoe.

Kua oti tō vaka i te tāpoki?
Have you attached your canoe covers?

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