Story: Ngā mātua – Māori parenting



This book cover shows the ancestor Paikea riding the whale, in an illustration by Warren Pohatu (Ngāi Tāmanuhiri). In tradition Paikea, originally known as Kahutiaterangi, was of high-born status compared to his younger brother Ruatapu. In Māori society, status could vary considerably – even for siblings.

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Cindy Kiro, 'Ngā mātua – Māori parenting - Parenting in tradition and history', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 15 June 2024)

Story by Cindy Kiro, published 5 May 2011, updated 1 Jun 2017