Definition of kaumatua in English:

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Pronunciation: /kaʊˈmɑːtʊə/


A Maori elder.
Example sentences
  • It tells the story of a polluted river, a consultation with a kaumatua, traditional Maori gods destroying a factory, and an expression of Maori sovereignty.
  • Even the kaumatuas need no better gears than a baggy tracksuit.
  • Oblivious to its place in history, the feisty North Island brown kiwi twisted its head as the Tainui kaumatua intoned a karakia.



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