Definition of hapu in English:

hapu

noun

NZ
  • A division of a Maori people or community.

    • ‘While Rawiri Waiaua, chief of the Hua division of the Puketapu hapu was happy to sell land to the Pakeha, chief Katatore was not.’
    • ‘Soon afterwards, at a hui at Paeroa, Maori declared that ‘the foreshore and seabed belong to the hapu and iwi’.’
    • ‘This model does not give fisheries to the Maori hapu and iwi that had them.’
    • ‘New Zealand First recommends to the Committee that the bill be fully supported, so that Ngati Ruanui - and I am sure that some of their members are here - will go back to their hapus and their iwis and say: ‘Let's prepare now for the future.’’
    • ‘He had formed an easy alliance with Rawiri Waiaua, chief of the Hua division of the Puketapu hapu, whom he considered a great friend.’

Origin

Maori.

Pronunciation

hapu

/ˈhɑːpuː/