Story: Tūranga i te hapori – status in Māori society

Nieces of Te Rauparaha

Nieces of Te Rauparaha

These two young women, E Wai (seated) and Kahoki, shown here at Te Aro in Wellington in 1844, were nieces of Te Rauparaha, and of chiefly status. In the 1840s the New Zealand company bought much of Wellington, and promised that rangatira would receive one tenth of all the land, proposing that Māori commoners would work it.

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Basil Keane, 'Tūranga i te hapori – status in Māori society - Changes in leadership, 19th century', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 7 December 2023)

Story by Basil Keane, published 5 May 2011