- (in New Zealand) a Māori village or small settlementAlso called (on South Island): kaik
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To blunder on the wrong wharé would only serve to arouse the kainga.Adventures in Many Lands
At the first crack of the firearms the kainga was awake; and what a scurry there was!
Kainga—A native town, or village: their principal headquarters.Old New Zealand:
'A Pakeha Maori' [Frederick Edwa [Maning]
The father was the principal chief of the kainga, and, as it turned out, cousin to Bent's rangatira Tito.
Others ran to the cooking hangis, and with burning sticks from the ovens set fire to some of the thatched houses in the kainga.