Chiefly N.Z. in New Zealand, a person who is not a Maori; esp., a white person
Origin of pakeha; from Maori
A New Zealander of European ancestry; a non-Maori New Zealander.
Origin of PakehaMaori Pakeha; perhaps akin to pakepakeha, pakehakeha, imaginary pale-skinned beings.
(plural pakehas or pakeha)
- (New Zealand) A non-Maori, especially a European New Zealander.
- 2004: Henry asked if missionaries were now active on the Chathams at which Mr Evans & Mr D'Arnoq exchanged looks, & the former informed us, "˜Nay, the Maori don't take kindly to us Pakeha spoiling their Moriori with too much civilization.' "” David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas
OriginSee also: pÄkehÄ