One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A bench on which speakers sit in a Maori meeting house.‘he was on the paepae alongside the elders’
- ‘None of the elders had yet arrived so he was ordered to sit on the paepae, and Stay There, until they arrived.’
- ‘He entered the house, stepping over the high paepae.’
- ‘It was a warm spring day as I sat on the paepae of my marae at Omarumutu, on an elevated platform looking out to sea.’
- ‘Despite attempts to follow Maori protocols in relation to the paepae, a senior Australian politician was accidentally placed in the front row.’
- ‘It is not really enough to sit on the front row of the paepae.’
- ‘It is nothing new to me to be sitting on the paepae.’
- ‘Mr Peters had them rolling on the paepae with his first quip.’
- ‘We were together again at Waahi Marae, sitting on the paepae.’
- ‘He should be taking himself there, getting on to the paepae, and debating the issues.’
- ‘Things were being said on the paepae that some of our speakers were completely ignorant of.’
- 1.1 The group of speakers in a Maori meeting house.‘he brings a younger perspective to the paepae’
- ‘The senior elder instructed the paepae that they all must participate.’
- ‘Its purpose was to replenish the paepae with members who could speak with authority.’
- ‘It begins with the principal speakers and elders of the paepae.’
- ‘Some other elders in the paepae refused to have anything to do with her.’
- ‘The organisation was established by a current Paepae member and supported by the New Zealand Film Commission.’
Mid 19th century: Maori.
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