tī tau, (-a, -‘ia). Strive hard, endeavour, make persistent efforts, persevere.
Kua tī tau ‘aia kia peke iāia te rē.
He strove hard to win the prize;
Kua tī tau‘ia taua puakā ra kia mou, nō te kai taro.
Every effort was made to catch that pig because it was eating taro;
Nō tāna tī tau putuputu i raukāi iāia taua tā‘ongā ra.
He got that position through constant determined effort;
Kāre i te ‘apinga tī tau nāna, ‘e mea ‘ōronga ‘ua‘ia mai.
He didn’t have to sweat (toil) for it, it was just given to him;
Ko te ‘apinga tī tau‘ia tēnā e te manu‘iri mē tae ki teia ‘enua.
It is an article which is in great demand among visitors to this country.