1. (verb) (-hia,-tia) to cover with a mat, spread out on the ground.
Ka whārikitia e te tohunga tarahau te whāriki, me ngā taonga; ko ngā ua o ngā kahu ki raro iho i te matapihi o te whare; ko ngā remu o ngā kahu ki te taha mai ki te paepae kaiāwhā (JPS 1929:266). / The assistant expert spread a mat and treasures; the collars of the cloaks under the window of the house and the lower borders of the cloaks toward the beam across the front of the verandah of the house.
2. (noun) floor covering, ground cover, floor mat, carpet, mat.
Nā Mahuta te kupu ki te taina, mō te kākahu kanukanu o ō rāua tīpuna. Māku e tāpiri atu tēnei, kāore he mate, e Waikato, ki te kānihitia e koe ngā pakaru o te kākahu nā, hei whāriki mōu ā kō ake nei (TAH 18:19). / Mahuta suggestion to his younger brother concerning their ancestors' tattered cloak. I will add this, no misfortune will befall you, Waikato, if you patch up the torn cloak, as a mat for you in the future.