The Word Pakeha
Pakeha, which is a Maori term for the white inhabitants of New Zealand, was in vogue even prior to 1815. Its original meaning and origin are obscure, but the following are possible origins, the first being the most probable:
From pakepakeha: imaginary beings resembling men.
From pakehakeha: one of the sea gods.
From keha: a flea.
From poaka: a pig.
Its use was in no sense derogatory.