tī tautau

tī tautau, (-a, -‘ia), fq. tī tau. Strive, persevere, etc.

Kua tī tautau rātou kia taea te ‘enua, ‘inārā nō te pakari o te matangi ē te ngaru, kāre atū ra te ‘enua i kitea.
They fought to reach land, but they couldn’t find it, so great were the sea and wind;

‘E tangata tī tautau koe kia kitea te tika tika ai.
You always strive to get at the real truth;

Nō tāna tī tautau putuputu, nō reira kua manuia ‘aia.
He succeeded because he persevered and persevered.

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