Where did the last few sentences of last night's post go? I thought it was funny that I nearly forgot to add a short explanation of the meaning of the word and then Blogger chose to forget to publish them.
I didn't consult my Maori language guru. The Maori Dictionary online says it is a derivation of paparakaute which means public house/hotel. That makes sense, more sense for an accommodation park than a park for light pick up trucks which is our more common usage of the word in English.