Definition of papakainga in English:



  • 1The ancestral home of a Maori kinship group.

    ‘he was raised on his papakainga nestled beneath the Papamoa Hills’
    • ‘It is principally for Maori communities occupying their papakainga.’
    • ‘The papakainga of the Ngati Whatua people at Okahu Bay in Auckland is a place where the people and the land are so inseparable that each defines the other.’
    • ‘About the same time the papakainga had come into the purview of the Auckland City Council who wanted to compulsorily acquire the settlement.’
    • ‘Will Maori be asked to relocate from papakainga?.’
    • ‘Maori people returning to their papakainga will be subject to the new provisions of the remote areas policy.’
    • ‘It ran a sewer pipe across the papakainga, turning it into a swamp.’
    1. 1.1 A housing development for Maori on their ancestral land.
      ‘the scheme provides bridging finance for papakainga and other rural developments’
      as modifier ‘a papakainga housing development’
      • ‘That land was now considered a marae reserve, which it was hoping to develop into a papakainga.’
      • ‘The councils are particularly proactive in making provisions for papakainga in their annual plans.’
      • ‘The project identified processes for both the design and planning of papakainga.’
      • ‘The Mangatawa Papakainga is a housing project designed specifically for our Kuia and Kaumatua shareholders.’
      • ‘The Maori social housing provider endorses building papakainga for families in need.’


Late 19th century: from Maori papa ‘house site’ + kainga ‘village’.