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 (pä′kē-hä′, -kē-ə)
n. New Zealand
A New Zealander of European ancestry; a non-Maori New Zealander.

[Maori Pākehā; perhaps akin to pakepakehā, pākehakeha, imaginary pale-skinned beings.]
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(Peoples) (in New Zealand) a person who is not of Māori ancestry, esp a White person
[from Māori]
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That--he said--would be better, not only for the Maori, but also for the Pakeha.