noun (plural same)NZ
- An extended family or community of related families who live together in the same area.More example sentences
- They always provided the best of opportunities for their children as well as caring for their extended whanau and the Temuka community.
- The pito or umbilical cord symbolically tied that child to its tribe, its whanau, its hapu, and the land it inherited.
- The sum of $4 million has been allocated over 4 years to strengthen use of Maori language in whanau and communities.