Meaning of whenua in English:

whenua

noun

mass nounNew Zealand
  • Land.

    • ‘The colonising heritage took from our people their land, their whenua, their moana, with overt violence in the 19th century.’
    • ‘She said the operation would not be possible without the help of Te Parawhau, who have mana whenua (right to management of iwi lands) over Matakohe Island.’
    • ‘The importance of developing and maintaining relationships with other Maori groups, including mana whenua was identified, though challenges to achieving this were acknowledged.’
    • ‘It would still be possible to resolve the issue in a way that recognises both the mana whenua of ancestral title and the customary right of others to go to the beach.’
    • ‘A love of the whenua, the land, the mountains, the pohutukawa, and the surrounding seas is nationally enjoyed.’

Origin

Maori.

Pronunciation

whenua

/ˈfɛnʊə/