Story: Whānau – Māori and family



This 1848 sketch shows a kāinga (village) at Ōpita, Thames. Historically a kāinga would comprise a number of whānau groups.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: A-143-015
Watercolour by Joseph Jenner Merrett

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How to cite this page:

Tai Walker, 'Whānau – Māori and family - Contemporary understandings of whānau', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 29 September 2023)

Story by Tai Walker, published 5 May 2011, updated 1 Jun 2017