Definition of tikanga in US English:



  • Customs and traditional values, especially in a Maori context.

    ‘Maori have a right to do things their way, in accordance with their tikanga’
    • ‘A huge amount of money has gone into the retention of our tikanga.’
    • ‘The government says it is providing a programme for learning, and for the teaching of tikanga.’
    • ‘Its commitment to tikanga has come about only in recent times.’
    • ‘Will we come out with people who understand the tikanga of iwi throughout the country?’
    • ‘All these benefits improve whanau well-being, which is an important tikanga of Maori whanau.’
    • ‘Smoking, for example, can lead people to breach tikanga.’
    • ‘They are still Kiwi babies, but they are Maori in terms of their culture and their tikanga.’
    • ‘They would expect a review to see who has learnt the language fluently, and who understands the nuts and bolts of the tikanga.’
    • ‘The bill does not reflect what Maori believe our pre-existing customary property rights to be, according to our tikanga.’
    • ‘He didn't take tikanga properly into account.’


Mid 19th century: Maori.