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  1. (in New Zealand) a person who is not of Māori ancestry, esp a White person
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Word Origin

from Māori
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Examples from the Web for pakeha

Historical Examples

  • This was the land of the Maori before the Pakeha came out of the sea.'

    Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2)

    William Delisle Hay

  • The mihonere and the kuremata have taught them the things of the Pakeha.

  • If you become his pakeha, he will be bound to fight for you.

  • He says his pakeha was to have brought plenty of guns and powder, and he has not brought any.

  • But now, because of the advent of the pakeha, power had melted in his hand like snow.

    An Old New Zealander

    T. Lindsay Buick