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Line breaks: ran¦ga|tira
Pronunciation: /ˌraŋəˈtɪərə

Definition of rangatira in English:


A Maori chief or noble.
Example sentences
  • They were the two rangatira of Parihaka, a peaceful village that sits between Mt Taranaki and the Tasman Sea.
  • Unapologetically hierarchical, the leader, or rangatira, is infallible.
  • At this point I would like to acknowledge the new Maori rangatira in the National Party, the shadow Minister of Maori Affairs, Mr Gerry Brownlee.



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