Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. New Zealand A New Zealander of European descent; a non-Maori New Zealander.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Among the Maoris, a white man; a foreigner.

Etymologies

Maori Pākehā; perhaps akin to pakepakehā, pākehakeha, imaginary pale-skinned beings.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Frank de Jong, 45, described as a Pakeha of solid build with brown hair and tattoos on his upper arms, was last seen on 6 July in the Lower Hutt central business district.

    Radio New Zealand News Headlines

  • The brutal reality of the time, however, was that the Pakeha were the stronger of the two forces contending for control of New Zealand, and the world they were constructing all around the Maori tribes could not be dismantled.

    Reading the Maps

  • Watkins is described as Pakeha, 1.65 metres tall and of average build.

    Radio New Zealand News Headlines

  • Note for non-NZers: "Pakeha" is the general term for a white New Zealander.

    Mentioning ethnicity in news stories

  • About the words cited in the article: "Pakeha" is still a contentious word, and it must have been more so in the '70s - I was a kid then so that kind of thing passed me by.

    languagehat.com: ROBERT BURCHFIELD.

  • New Zealand is a Maori/Polynesian and Pakeha (white) society.

    Archive 2008-09-01

  • Foxtel has never been happy with the amount of Maori language content there is in coverage of Breakers' gamesIf all sports coverage in New Zealand was in Te Reo only, I wonder what that would do for the number of Pakeha enrolling in Maori language courses?

    Too much Maori used in NBL commentary!

  • This picture is called “All ‘e Same t’e Pakeha” which means, I think, “All Europeans look the same,” or maybe it means "Don't I look European?"

    Boing Boing: December 3, 2006 - December 9, 2006 Archives

  • Kilbirnie, in Wellington, New Zealand, is a bustling multi-cultural community, made up of Pakeha native New Zealanders of Caucasian stock, Maori, Pacific Islanders from islands ranging from Tonga and Samoa to the Cooks, and Asians from Indonesia, China, and India.

    Books, libraries, and the Muslim world

  • Out of curiosity, I googled Prof Moon, and while he clearly is Pakeha father's family came from Sussex, and mother from Montenegro, that doesn't rule out the "Prof of Pakeha history" interpretation.

    Mentioning ethnicity in news stories

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