tāvarenga, (-a, -ia).
1. Divert the attention, distract, keep sbdy occupied, hinder, delay.
Kua tāvarenga ‘aia i te pēpe.
She pacified the child;
‘Auraka rava koe e tāvarenga kē ia rātou.
Don’t divert their attention;
Kāre e nāku i tāvarenga ia rātou.
It wasn’t me that distracted them (kept them occupied, held them up);
E tāmata koe i te tāvarenga iāia kia ‘aere au nā muri mai i te ‘are.
Try and distract his attention while I slip round the back of the house;
Mē auē ake te pēpe, e tāvarenga koe ki te mō‘inā-ū.
If the baby cries, give him his milk bottle to keep him quiet;
Tāvarengā-‘ia tēnā tamaiti ka ‘aere ei koe.
Give him something to occupy him (keep him amused and happy) before you go;
‘E tamā‘ine tāvarenga tangata tika ai koe.
You are a girl who is always holding people up (distracting, disturbing them).
2. Gentle, tame (an animal).
Kua tāvarenga ‘aia i te ‘oro‘enua taetaevao.
He tamed the wild horse.