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(in New Zealand) a Māori village or small settlement Also called (on South Island) kaik
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  • The father was the principal chief of the kainga, and, as it turned out, cousin to Bent's rangatira Tito.

  • To blunder on the wrong wharé would only serve to arouse the kainga.

  • Kua kainga e koutou ko te kura, it has been eaten by you the school.

  • At the first crack of the firearms the kainga was awake; and what a scurry there was!

  • kainga—A native town, or village: their principal headquarters.

    Old New Zealand: 'A Pakeha Maori' [Frederick Edwa [Maning]
  • Others ran to the cooking hangis, and with burning sticks from the ovens set fire to some of the thatched houses in the kainga.

  • It was clear that the first thing to be done was to get the natives to come back to their kainga; but how?

  • Reconnoitring the kainga in the light of the risen moon Hugh stealthily approached the palisade surrounding it.

  • I would give him a piece quite close to the kainga, where I would always have him close to me.

    Old New Zealand: 'A Pakeha Maori' [Frederick Edwa [Maning]
  • It comprehended two or three acres on the shoulder of a low range, and was once the site of a Maori kainga, or village.

    Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2) William Delisle Hay

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