1. (verb) (-tia) to lash the rauawa, or bulwark (to the body of the canoe).
Honoa te haumi, aukaha rawa i ngā rauawa, whakaū rawa he herepuru anō mō ngā rauawa, he raupō hoki mō te wai kei uru ki roto (TWMNT 17/11/1874:285). / Add the canoe extension, lash the top boards, reinforce the caulking for the top boards and also with raupō least water leaks in.
2. (verb) (-tia) to repair, strengthen, reinforce, bolster.
Ko te tahuritanga o te 'Waka' ki Pōneke, nā te hau i āki ki uta, ināianei kua ora anō. Nā ngā iwi i aukaha ka mānu anō ki te wai (TWMNT 6/2/1877:60). / When the 'Waka' capsized at Wellington, the wind dashed it against the shore, but now it lives again. It was the tribes that repaired it and it floated on the water again. (i.e. referring to the 'Te Waka Maori o Niu Tirani' newspaper having been revived.)
4. (noun) string, fibre, lashings of a canoe - for fastening the rauawa (top boards) to the hull of the canoe.