1. (noun) trustee, minder, guard, custodian, guardian, caregiver, keeper, steward.
Koia rā te take hei ārai atu i tēnei tū mate, i whakaarohia nuitia, kia hangaia e te Pāremata tētahi ritenga hou, kia āhei ai te whiu i ngā kaitiaki e mahi hē ana (TM 23/4/1881:2). / That's the reason for stopping this type of problem and it was carefully considered by Parliament to create a new procedure to enable the prosecution of trustees who transgress.
1. (noun) accountant.
He mea whakatū anō hoki a ia hei tumuaki mō te pekanga ki Pōneke o te Rōpū Wāhine Toko i te Ora, ā, hei tumuaki tuarua, kaitiaki pūtea atu hoki mō te kaunihera ā-rohe o te rōpū nei ki Pōneke (TTR 2000:253). / She was also appointed as president of the Wellington branch of the Māori Women’s Welfare League, and vice president and treasurer of the Wellington district council.
1. Prefix added to verbs which express some kind of action to form nouns denoting a human agent (i.e. the person doing the action), e.g. kaikōrero (speaker), kaitiaki (guardian, trustee), kaimahi (worker), kaihoko (seller), kaituhi (writer) and kaitito haka (haka composer). This prefix cannot be used with verbs the meaning of which indicates a state, not an activity, e.g. moe and tū. In other words, only transitive verbs can take the prefix kai-. There are exceptions to this rule, notably kainoho (inhabitant). Some of the words created by this use of kai- are listed in this dictionary, but the list is not exhaustive.
(Te Pihinga Textbook (Ed. 2): 48-49;)