Definition of Pai Marire in English:

Pai Marire


mass nounNZ
  • A 19th-century Maori religion, inorporating biblical and Maori spiritual elements, and opposing the confiscation of land by the New Zealand government.

    ‘these were the guiding principles of Pai Marire’
    see also Hauhau
    • ‘Some historians believe that Te Whiti was a follower of the Pai Marire (Hauhau) religion and a protege of its leader, Te Ua Haumene.’
    • ‘When Te Ua died in October 1866, Pai Marire also began to fade.’
    • ‘It was around that time that Te Ua says he had a vision that sparked his Pai Marire religious beliefs.’
    • ‘In the beginning, many people saw Te Ua as a madman, but after time they began to see the sense of his preaching and, in just three months, he had established the church of Pai Marire.’
    • ‘The guiding principles of Pai Marire were Christianity, but without the double-dealing and errors Maori could see in the missionaries' preaching.’
    • ‘The British military and the white settlers believed the Hauhau warriors were warmongers, but this was never the vision of Pai Marire founder Te Ua Haumene.’
    • ‘This is the sound made by followers of the Pai Marire, also known as the Hauhau movement.’
    • ‘Grateful at least for new lodgings, he settled into Maori ways, participating in all the rituals of Pai Marire.’
    • ‘This was widely misrepresented as a call to war, and Pai Marire gained a reputation as a warlike cult.’
    • ‘Seven Brit soldiers were killed when their patrol was ambushed at Taranaki by Pai Marire warriors.’


Mid 19th century: from Maori pai ‘good’ + marire ‘quiet, gentle’.


Pai Marire

/ˌpʌɪ ˈmɑːrɪreɪ/