1. (verb) (-tia) to adorn, embellish, enhance.
He mea ātanga te paina ki te rama kimokimo me te whetū taukapokapo (PK 2008:38). / The pine tree was adorned with flashing lights and twinkling stars.
2. (modifier) beautiful, attractive, handsome, stunning, good-looking, gorgeous, appealing, exquisite, comely, fair, fine.
Kua tae mai hoki a Ihowa o nga mano ki tana kāhui, ki te whare o Hura, kua mea i a rātou hei hōiho ātanga mōna i te tatauranga (PT Hakaraia 10:3). / For the Lord of hosts hath visited his flock the house of Judah, and hath made them as his goodly horse in the battle.
3. (noun) beauty, loveliness, splendour, prettiness.
Ko Tākitimu te whare pai ngā waihanga, engari nō taku kitenga i a Porourangi heoi anō kua ngaro ōku mahara ki a Takitimu, kua riro katoa kua whaiāipo ki a Porourangi; i te tamatāne o te āhua, o te tū o te whare; i te rite, i te ātanga, o ngā whakairo, o ngā pou, o ngā pakitara, o te tungaroa, me te whatitoka, me te roro, me te matapihi, me ngā arapaki, kaore he rite i i kitea e ahau i te motu katoa nei, hāunga hoki ngā tuhituhi o ngā heke me te tāhū. (TP 1/7/1902:6). / Tākitimu was built beautifully, but when I saw Porourangi my thoughts about Tākitimu were forgotten and I fell in love with Porourangi; the youthful masculinity of the house's appearance and structure; the architecture and beauty of the carvings, posts, walls, the back wall and the door, verandah, window and the ornamental lattice-work, and not to mention the paintings of the rafters and the ridgepole.