Story: Whānau – Māori and family

Nohorua (1st of 2)


Nohorua is shown with his wife Te Wainokenoke and son Tuarau. He was the half-brother of renowned Ngāti Toarangatira chief Te Rauparaha. As the eldest, Nohorua was tuakana (senior) to Te Rauparaha. However, Te Rauparaha, though teina (junior) took the mantle of leadership due to his abilities.

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Tai Walker, 'Whānau – Māori and family - Roles within whānau', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 9 June 2023)

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