Story: Intermarriage



Kororāreka (later Russell) in the Bay of Islands, shown here around 1836, became a centre for European traders, whalers and missionaries. The town was notorious for prostitution, but some of the connections between European men and Māori women resembled temporary or lasting forms of marriage. 

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Angela Wanhalla, 'Intermarriage - Early intermarriage', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 26 February 2024)

Story by Angela Wanhalla, published 5 May 2011