Definition of waka in English:

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waka

Pronunciation: /ˈwɒka/

noun

NZ
A traditional Maori canoe.
Example sentences
  • The waka, the spiritual image for the march, left Stewart Island for Bluff with its cargo of stories.
  • When our wakas originally came to Aotearoa and landed, the first thing our menfolk did was to walk the land and claim it, by leaving stone markers.
  • The hapu decided they would build their own waka, a canoe big enough to carry at least a dozen fishermen to sea.

Phrases

jump waka

NZ informal (Of an MP) leave a political party during a parliamentary term: a political pundit claims that he is about to jump waka to another political party
More example sentences
  • I think he has too many connections and too much and time on his side as a first term MP to consider jumping waka.
  • It would be outlandish for MPs from other parties to commit to jumping waka.
  • Let's assume that the story is true for a brief nano-second; this mystery MP would be jumping waka to no doubt be the "leader" of the new party.

Origin

Maori.

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