tāvarenga

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.

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