1. (verb) (-tia) to support, recommend, reinforce.
Koinei te wā i uru mai ai Te Tāhūhū o Te Mātauranga me tāna pūtea hei taunaki mai i te kaupapa engari he here anō i runga i taua pūtea rā (HM 2/1997:5). / This was the time when the Ministry of Education entered with its fund to support the project, but there were conditions on that funding.
3. (noun) support, backing, encouragement, recommendation.
E whai nei tātou kia riro ko te reo Māori te reo whakaako i ā tātou tamariki, ā, me taku taunaki i tēnā whakaaro (HM 3/1995:5). / We are endeavouring to have the Māori language as the teaching medium with our children, with my support of that idea.
4. (noun) evidence, testimony.
Ina oti katoa ngā taunaki te homai, ka pātai te Tiati i ngā rōia mehemea he kōrero ā rātou mō te ture e pā ana ki ngā mea e tautohetohetia ana (RT 2013:78). / When the evidence had all been presented the Judge asked the lawyers if they had anything to say about the law concerning the things being debated.