tī puta1 (-‘ia),
1. Pierce, puncture, perforate.
Kua tī puta ‘aia ki te tipi ē kua ta‘e te vai.
He pierced it with a knife and the water came out;
Tī puta‘ia ki te nira.
Puncture it with the needle.
2. Mention, suggest, broach a topic.
E tī puta atu koe i teia manako kiāia.
Pass this suggestion on to him;
E tī mata ‘ua koe i te tī puta atu, pēnei kā piri ‘aia.
Just see if you can mention it to him in case he would like to join.