Meaning of whare kai in English:

whare kai

Pronunciation /ˌfɑːreɪ ˈkʌɪ/

nounwhare kais

New Zealand
  • A dining room or dining hall on a traditional Maori settlement.

    ‘a bunch of adults were sitting in the front of the whare kai playing cards’
    • ‘The original dining hall wash the first modern whare kai to be built on a Ngati Porou marae.’
    • ‘Move to the Whare kai (dining room) for a hangi dinner’
    • ‘They are posed alongside a surprisingly art deco structure which is the whare kai.’
    • ‘"Eat your colours everyday," say the cheerful posters in the whare kai.’
    • ‘The Whare Kai is a separate building, not necessarily as a physical reality but in some cases as a concept or belief.’
    • ‘In the case of the whare kai, the ancestor is generally one associated with hospitality.’
    • ‘It also includes the whare kai, a building for the preparation and provision of food.’
    • ‘In the whare kai, the alluring smell of burning manuka draws us around the fireplace.’
    • ‘The whare kai is where eating takes place at the conclusion of the powhiri.’
    • ‘This social intimacy is further consolidated by later sharing a meal in a neighboring whare kai.’


Late 19th century from Maori.