Story: Tribal organisation

The chief Nohorua with his wife and son

The chief Nohorua with his wife and son

Nohorua, shown with his wife Te Wainokenoke and son Tuarau, was the half-brother of the Ngāti Toarangatira chief, Te Rauparaha. As the eldest in the whānau (extended family), Nohorua’s rank was that of tuakana (senior). In addition he was trained as a tohunga (learned expert), and was probably responsible for choosing the dates on which important initiatives were taken by Te Rauparaha and his followers.

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Rāwiri Taonui, 'Tribal organisation - Social rank', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 May 2022)

Story by Rāwiri Taonui, published 8 Feb 2005