WORD OF THE DAY: Pakeha

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Yesterday we were reading an article from our buds over at Towleroad about an unfortunate case of pre-meditated HIV-infection in New Zealand. The article talked about a recent case spike in the Antipodes and highlighted the ethnicity of the alleged infector — a “fair-skinned pakeha”.

Huh?

We immediately got ourselves onto Google where we learned that Pakeha is the colloquial term for a New Zealander of European heritage.

Who knew?

The word is Maori — Obvi — and dates back to the late 18th century. While Pakeha typically refers to white folk, it can also be used to describe anyone of non-Maori heritage.

I see.

Most cheerfully, the word has no negative connotations. Finally, a race-based term that actually means something positive.

The pic above is of Maoris meeting with Pakeha during colonial times.

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