Definition of Pai Marire in English:

Pai Marire

noun

mass nounNZ
historical
  • 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
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Seven Brit soldiers were killed when their patrol was ambushed at Taranaki by Pai Marire warriors.’
    • ‘It was around that time that Te Ua says he had a vision that sparked his Pai Marire religious beliefs.’
    • ‘Grateful at least for new lodgings, he settled into Maori ways, participating in all the rituals of Pai Marire.’
    • ‘When Te Ua died in October 1866, Pai Marire also began to fade.’
    • ‘Some historians believe that Te Whiti was a follower of the Pai Marire (Hauhau) religion and a protege of its leader, Te Ua Haumene.’
    • ‘This is the sound made by followers of the Pai Marire, also known as the Hauhau movement.’
    • ‘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 was widely misrepresented as a call to war, and Pai Marire gained a reputation as a warlike cult.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

Pai Marire

/ˌpʌɪ ˈmɑːrɪreɪ/