1. (modifier) close (friend), intimate (friend).
Kei te maumahara tonu i ahau, aku hoa takatāpui, i te wā e tamariki ana, he waewae hape tētahi, he tuarā hake tētahi (TTT 1/1/1925:171). / I still remember my close friends at the time I was young, one had deformed legs, another was a hunchback.
2. (noun) close friend (of the same gender), intimate friend (of the same gender).
Ko tōna ingoa karanga tonu i ētahi wā ko Hāmi, engari ko Tahi ki ōna takatāpui, me 'Sam Maioha Junior' ki ōna hoa umanga Pākehā (TTR 1996:92). / His nickname was Hāmi, but to his intimate friends he was Tahi, and Sam Maioha Junior to his Pākehā business associates.
Ka mōhio haere a Tūtānekai ki te takatāpui, arā, ki te whakahoa. Ka piri ō rāua wairua ko tōna hoa takatāpui ko Tiki, ānō he teina he tuakana rāua (Biggs 1997:105). / Tūtānekai cultivated a close friendship. He and Tiki were spiritually close, like older and younger brothers (Biggs 1997:104).
See also hoa tāpui
3. (noun) lesbian, gay, homosexual, gay men and women.
I te tekau tau atu i 1970 ka tino rerekē te wāhi o te takatāpui ki Aotearoa (Te Ara 2013). / The place of gay men and lesbians in Aotearoa/New Zealand began to change dramatically in the 1970s.