Meaning of wharenui in English:

wharenui

nounwharenui

New Zealand
  • A Maori meeting house.

    ‘we got dragged into the wharenui for impromptu debates’
    • ‘It has been the local people's wishes that they have uninhibited time to deliver in the wharenui.’
    • ‘A carving of the whale, mounted by its rider, occupies the prime spot above the local wharenui, a permanent reminder of the tribe's beginnings.’
    • ‘Perhaps two years later, Maori went back to the site and built the big wharenui on top of the site.’
    • ‘He held an exhibition here in 2001 and created a work called 'The Wharenui That Dad Built'.’
    • ‘Excavations have shown the remains of not just one wharenui, but possibly three.’
    • ‘The first new wharenui in a century was opened on the South Island when the Rehua Wharenui was completed.’
    • ‘The media have been allowed time to film set-up shots before the hui begins in the wharenui.’
    • ‘Please note that media cannot enter wharenui during hui.’
    • ‘The new wharenui is a tribute to the kaumatua and people of the iwi who have worked so hard to establish it as a thriving and progressive marae once more.’
    • ‘In the wharenui, the group has been introduced to the haka, the long pois, and short sticks, and has had an opportunity to try them all.’

Origin

1920s from Maori, ‘large house’.

Pronunciation

wharenui

/ˌfɑːrɛˈnuːi/