Definition of Pakeha in English:

Pakeha

noun

NZ
  • A white New Zealander as opposed to a Maori.

    as modifier ‘Pakeha influences’
    • ‘So it's a mystery why, unique in the world, some European New Zealanders refer to themselves as pakehas - an insulting name originally applied by the Maoris to the fair-skinned Imperialists who were in the process of conquering them!‘.’
    • ‘He ignores all the advantages pakeha have inherited: wealth and land, and also dominance, confidence, privilege, and a society that is set up to convenience us.’
    • ‘In the same speech he uttered the weighty words ‘Maori and pakeha are both indigenous people to New Zealand now‘.’
    • ‘The latest New Zealand Census-Mortality Study shows that Maori die younger than pakeha, even after controlling for socioeconomic status.’
    • ‘I am still in a dilemma of how, as a pakeha, to present this relationship and history.’
    • ‘Haast named the pass after himself and claimed to be the first pakeha to have travelled through it, but the discovery of Cameron's flask discredited this claim.’

Origin

Maori.

Pronunciation

Pakeha

/ˈpɑːkɪhɑː/