1. (verb) (-tia) to pre-ordain, set aside, model.
Ko te āria o Hineraukatauri ko te pēpepe, arā i tauiratia mai ai i te taonga pūoro te pūtōrino (Te Ara 2013). / Hineraukatauri is personified as the (case) moth, on which the pūtōrino musical instrument is modelled.
2. (noun) student, pupil, apprentice, pattern, example, model, design, draft, sample, specimen, template, skilled person, cadet.
Kei te kōwhaiwhai, kei te tukutuku, kei te tāniko ngā tauira hangarite maha (PK 2008:74). / Rafter paintings, lattice-work and tāniko have many symmetrical patterns.
Synonyms: tauira mahi
3. (noun) precedent.
Kāti, ko ngā mahi e mahia nei he mea whakahaere i runga i ngā tauira kua takoto noa mai i mua, me te whakaarotanga iho he tauira ko te mahi a Te Whiti rāua ko Tohu (TPH 8/6/1903:4). / Well, the tasks that were done were proceeded with according to the precedents that have been set out in the past, and with consideration of the precedents in the work of Te Whiti and Tohu.