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hapu

/ˈhɑːpuː/
noun
1.
(NZ) a subtribe
Word Origin
Māori
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  • If the warriors of the hapu had no guns they would soon be all killed by some tribe that had them.

    The Book of the Bush George Dunderdale
  • But the chiefs of the Ngapuhi hapu said amongst themselves, "How long will the fire of the Maori burn before it is extinguished?"

    Old New Zealand Earl of Pembroke.
  • There was a gun in the hand of their every warrior, and solidarity in the ranks of their every hapu.

    The Treaty of Waitangi T. Lindsay Buick
  • He was head of a strong family, or hapu, which mustered a considerable number of fighting men, all his near relations.

    Old New Zealand Earl of Pembroke.
  • He was head of a strong family, or hapu, which mustered a considerable number of fighting men; all his near relations.

    Old New Zealand: 'A Pakeha Maori' [Frederick Edwa [Maning]

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