Definition of iwi in English:

iwi

noun

NZ
  • A Maori community or people.

    • ‘The views held by the people of the iwi about the iwi are being regarded as much more important than anyone else's.’
    • ‘Some few years ago now the Anglican Church returned the land to the local iwi.’
    • ‘This model does not give fisheries to the Maori hapu and iwi that had them.’
    • ‘They should tell us how the various iwi or hapu will be recognised so as to receive their entitlement.’
    • ‘Many iwi and hapu have been waiting for too long to see their grievances resolved.’

Origin

Maori.

Pronunciation:

iwi

/ˈiːwi/