1. (noun) explanation, meaning.
Ko te māoritanga o ngā ingoa o ēnei tamariki a Rangi rāua ko Papa: Ko Tangaroa, he ika; ko Rongo-mā-tāne, ko te kūmara; ko Haumia-tiketike, ko te aruhe; ko Tāne-mahuta, ko te rākau, ko te manu; ko Tāwhiri-mātea, ko te hau; ko Tū-mata-uenga, ko te tangata (KO 16/9/1886:6). / The explanation of the names of these children of Rangi and Papa is: Tangaroa is fish; Rongo-mā-tāne is kūmara; Haumia-tiketike is fernroot; Tāne-mahuta is trees and birds; Tāwhiri-mātea is wind; Tū-mata-uenga is humans.
1. (noun) Māori culture, Māori practices and beliefs, Māoriness, Māori way of life.
He Māori tonu te tangata, ko ōna whenua i heke mai i roto i tōna taha Māori, ka haere ki te tono ki te Kōti kia kīia ia he tangata Pākehā ko ōna whenua kia whakapākehātia. He tohu ēnei hei kitenga iho mā tātou ko te Māori anō kei te takahi i tōna Māoritanga me ōna take Māori (TTT 1/10/1921:4). / The person is a Māori, and his lands were inherited from his Māori side, who went to the Court to request the he be called a Pākehā person and for his lands to be Europeanised. These are signs that show us that it is Māori themselves who are trampling on their Māoriness and their Māori origins.
Ka hopohopo te ngākau mō tō tāua Māoritanga, ka pēhea rā i ēnei rā haere ake nei (TTT 1/12/1930:2214). / I am apprehensive about our Māori way of life and what will happen in the future.
See also māoritanga