Story: Tūranga i te hapori – status in Māori society

Tohunga Kāwana Pitiroi Paipai

Tohunga Kāwana Pitiroi Paipai

This painting of Kāwana Pitiroi Paiapai was made in around 1884. He was a tohunga of Te Āti Haunui-a-Pāpārangi from Pūtiki , Whanganui. Tohunga can be seen as a separate class in Māori society, however they are also usually of chiefly status.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: G-551
Oil on canvas by Margaret Bullock

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How to cite this page:

Basil Keane, 'Tūranga i te hapori – status in Māori society - Class, status and rank', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 2 March 2024)

Story by Basil Keane, published 5 May 2011