- NZ a Māori chief of either sex
Word Origin for rangatira
Examples from the Web for rangatira
Historical Examples of rangatira
In his hand was his broad-axe; with it he must make his rangatira's river-boat.
The chief who claimed me was a good specimen of the Maori rangatira.
The father was the principal chief of the kainga, and, as it turned out, cousin to Bent's rangatira Tito.
A calm low voice now spoke close beside me, "She has followed her rangatira," it said.
This happened many years before I came to the country, and when my rangatira was one of the most famous fighting men in his tribe.