Story: Ngā mātua – Māori parenting

'Femme de la Nouvelle Zélande'

'Femme de la Nouvelle Zélande'

This image, showing a Māori woman with a young child, was probably originally drawn during the voyage of French explorers Marion du Fresne and Julien Crozet to New Zealand in the early 1770s. Crozet noted that Māori mothers seemed very affectionate toward their children.

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How to cite this page:

Cindy Kiro, 'Ngā mātua – Māori parenting - Parenting in tradition and history', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 3 December 2023)

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