Definition of Maori chief in English:

Maori chief


  • A person of high status in a Maori community, especially an ariki or a rangatira.

    ‘he led other Maori chiefs to sign treaties with the British authorities’
    • ‘Waitangi Day commemorates the day, back in 1840, when representatives of the British Crown signed New Zealand's founding document with more than 500 Maori chiefs.’
    • ‘His forebears translated the meaning of British government to the Maori chiefs.’
    • ‘Aside from stunning native bush you'll also come face to face with Whatonga, an ancient Maori chief immortalised in a 6m-tall sculpture.’
    • ‘Te Whakaminenga (the gathering) was the name applied to Maori chiefs who assembled to sign He Whakaputanga, the 1835 New Zealand Declaration of Independence.’
    • ‘Waitangi Day marks the anniversary of the treaty of Waitangi, the treaty which signalled the handing over of Kiwi lands from the Maori chiefs to the British crown.’
    • ‘He glanced in, saw the plastic flowers, the two-seater couches, the portrait of a Maori chief looking sideways.’
    • ‘In 1835, a group of northern Maori chiefs signed a Declaration of Independence, establishing self-government.’
    • ‘We tend to think of all Maoris as being beneficiaries of billions of taxpayer dollars and land that had previously been purchased from Maori chiefs, being handed back to the tribes.’
    • ‘Previously the country had flown the United Tribes flag, which was chosen in 1834 to facilitate trade, as well as unify Maori chiefs.’
    • ‘A block of waterfront land in the Far North traded from Maori chiefs for muskets and gun powder almost two centuries ago has been placed on the market once again.’