Definition of Pakeha in English:


Syllabification: Pa·ke·ha
Pronunciation: /ˈpäkiˌhä, -kēˌä


Australian/New Zealand
  • A white New Zealander, as opposed to a Maori.
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    • So it's a mystery why, unique in the world, some European New Zealanders refer to themselves as pakehas - an insulting name originally applied by the Maoris to the fair-skinned Imperialists who were in the process of conquering them!‘.
    • In the same speech he uttered the weighty words ‘Maori and pakeha are both indigenous people to New Zealand now‘.
    • The latest New Zealand Census-Mortality Study shows that Maori die younger than pakeha, even after controlling for socioeconomic status.


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  • Of or relating to white New Zealanders and their languages and culture.
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    • His book details his family's land battles, his brother's notorious murder charge and his uneasy existence in a two-sided world (born of a Maori father and a pakeha mother).
    • There were storytellers on both the Maori and the pakeha sides of my family.
    • From what friends and family tell me this has split the Maori and pakeha camps and is causing bitter resentment.



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