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"Pakeha" not a negative word for European New Zealanders

"Pakeha" not a negative word for European New Zealanders

Updated 8 February 2013, 19:52 AEDT

"Pakeha" is not a dirty word.

The Maori word for New Zealanders of European descent has sometimes been thought to have originally had a negative connotation, but new research from the University of Auckland has challenged that idea.

A survey of attitudes shows there are differences in how New Zealanders of European descent are described by themselves and by maori.

Among Pakeha New Zealanders, the phrase "New Zealander" was most popular, followed by Kiwi, New Zealander of European descent and Pakeha in last place.

Co-researcher Dr Carla Houkamau says the word Pakeha is used more by Maori, but it is not a derogatory term.

Presenter: Bruce Hill

Speaker: Dr Carla Houkamau from the University of Auckland

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