Story: Tūranga i te hapori – status in Māori society

Nohorua (1st of 2)


Nohorua (right) sits with his wife, Te Wainokenoke, while his son, Tuarau, stands behind him. Nohorua was the half-brother of the Ngāti Toarangatira chief, Te Rauparaha. As the eldest in the whānau, Nohorua’s rank was that of tuakana (senior). He was trained as a tohunga (learned expert). Despite these senior roles, Nohorua's brother Te Rauparaha exercised the leadership of the tribe.

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Basil Keane, 'Tūranga i te hapori – status in Māori society - Tribal traditions of status and rank', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 1 December 2023)

Story by Basil Keane, published 5 May 2011