1. (-a, –‘ia). Wait for.
Ka tiaki au ‘ē toru rā, mē kāre rāi koe e ‘oki mai, ka ‘aere atu au i reira.
I‘ll wait three days and if you still aren’t back, I‘ll come on;
Kua tiaki‘ia ē kua tiaki‘ia, ē kāre rāi ‘aia i tae mai.
They waited and waited and still he didn’t come.
2. (-a, –‘ia). Guard, keep, look after.
Kua tiaki te nēti i te aronga maki.
The nurse tended the patients.
3. n. Custodian, keeper, guard, sentry, overseer, foreman, etc.
Tē tū ‘uā ra te au tiaki o te ‘āua ariki ma tā rātou au pupu‘i.
The guards were standing with their rifles outside the palace;
Kua ‘oro‘oro te aronga ‘anga‘anga ki te kāinga, nō te kino i te tiaki.
The workmen quit and went home because the foreman was so harsh. Tiaki māmoe, shepherd.
Ko au te tiaki māmoe meitaki.
I am the Good Shepherd. Tiaki puaka, swineherd. Tiaki moni, cashier, treasurer.
Ko ia te tiaki moni o tā mātou tā‘okota‘i.
He is the treasurer of our society. Tiaki pā, doorkeeper.
Mē pati te tiaki pā i te moni, e ‘ōronga koe.
Give the money to the man on the door if he asks for it. Tiaki tā‘onga, regent, locum tenens.
Kua ‘iki‘ia ‘aia ‘ei tiaki tā‘onga nō te tamaiti ariki.
He was chosen as regent to the boy king.