1. (verb) (-a,-hia,-ngia,-ria) to place a tapu on something, make inaccessible, sanctify, consecrate, set aside, reserve, ban.
Nō te tau 1888 ka whakatapua ko te Hātarei te rā Hāpati me Te Tekau-mā-rua o ngā rā o ia marama, hei whakamaharatanga mō Te Kapenga i a rātau ko ngā whakarau i tau mai ki Whareongaonga (TTR 1990:221). / In 1888 Saturday was sanctified as the Sabbath along with the twelfth of each month to commemorate the Passover when the captives landed at Whareongaonga.
2. (modifier) sacred, hallowed, holy, sanctified, blessed.
Ka pātai mai te ātipīhopa i ngā pātai o te karakia whakatapu i roto i te Rāwiri, ka whakahokia atu e te pīhopa hou (TTT 1/12/1928:885). / The archbishop asked the questions of the sacred service in the Book of Common Prayer, and the new bishop responded.
3. (noun) blessing, consecration, sanctification, dedication.
Ko te wāhi tuatahi ko te hura i ngā pou o te kēti whakamahara ki ngā hōia, i muri tata iho ko te whakatapu i te whare (TTT 1/5/1923:14). / The first part was the unveiling of the post of the memorial gate to the soldiers, and straight after that was the consecration of the building.