Meaning of wairua in English:


Pronunciation /ˈwʌɪruːə/

nounplural noun wairuas, plural noun wairua

New Zealand
  • The spirit or the soul.

    ‘participants who stopped smoking confirmed a positive effect on their wairua’
    • ‘In retrospect, they could see how smoking had clouded their wairua "like a fog".’
    • ‘I may not have Maori blood in me, but the spirit —wairua—of New Zealand is in me.’
    • ‘The survival of the wairua was never assured.’
    • ‘I felt myself reaching for the megaphone to release that energy and wairua.’
    • ‘Would he be consulted on his spiritual needs, on the wairua of this land transport programme?’
    • ‘He was accompanied and watched over by his wairua.’
    • ‘I believe that this can and will be done within the confines and wairua of our tupuna.’
    • ‘It was an amazing place which was full of sadness, and you could feel the very wairua of those prisoners who had been there once.’
    • ‘We're doing well, and we can do even better to enhance the multicultural wairua of the city by all stakeholders.’
    • ‘She explained how wairua was about connection, not spirits.’


Early 19th century Maori.