Meaning of waka in English:


Pronunciation /?wɑ?k?/


New Zealand
  • A traditional Maori canoe.

    ‘The waka, the spiritual image for the march, left Stewart Island for Bluff with its cargo of stories.’
    • ‘When our wakas originally came to Aotearoa and landed, the first thing our menfolk did was to walk the land and claim it, by leaving stone markers.’
    • ‘The hapu decided they would build their own waka, a canoe big enough to carry at least a dozen fishermen to sea.’
    • ‘After paying homage, looking around the museum, and looking again at the magnificent waka and the many treasures and taonga in the museum, we would then trot off to the Auckland Zoo.’
    • ‘Every 2 years, countries from all around the world unite to determine who are the best waka ama paddlers in the world, and next year it is being held here.’


    jump waka
    New Zealand informal
    • (of an MP) leave a political party during a parliamentary term.

      • ‘a political pundit claims that he is about to jump waka to another political party’
      • ‘I think he has too many connections and too much and time on his side as a first term MP to consider jumping waka.’
      • ‘It would be outlandish for MPs from other parties to commit to jumping waka.’
      • ‘Let's assume that the story is true for a brief nano-second; this mystery MP would be jumping waka to no doubt be the "leader" of the new party.’
      • ‘It's time he realises where his heart really is, and he jumps waka.’
      • ‘This could also lead to him jumping waka to NZ First as for sure Winston would welcome him with open arms.’
      • ‘Perhaps it is not now too far-fetched a theory that he could jump waka and help prevent a Labour/Greens government.’
      • ‘There is supposed to be one MP lined up to jump waka.’
      • ‘He will need the popular support of his caucus to oust or severely discipline and demote Jones and do it in such a way as to keep Jones from jumping waka.’