(in New Zealand) a Māori village or small settlementAlso called (on South Island): kaik

Word Origin for kainga

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Examples from the Web for kainga

Historical Examples of kainga

  • To blunder on the wrong wharé would only serve to arouse the kainga.

  • 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.