Definition of kainga in English:

kainga

noun

NZ
  • A Maori village or settlement.

    • ‘Even though Te Whiti died in 1907, his spirit of peace is still alive at the slowly reviving kainga - and way beyond.’
    • ‘A kainga consists of relatives living in different households in the same village or in several villages.’
    • ‘They are not just stuck in their little kainga, wearing their piupiu.’
    • ‘The kainga encompass all blood relatives and can include people other than blood relations.’
    • ‘‘It was quite clear that it was an extraordinary thing,’ he says of the Taranaki kainga led by pacifist prophets Te Whiti o Rongomai and Tohu Kakahi.’
    • ‘He came down to the frightened passengers and told them to make use of any of the houses in his kainga and assured them they were among friends.’
    community, colony, outpost, encampment
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Origin

Maori.

Pronunciation

kainga

/kɑːˈɪŋə/