Story: Whānau – Māori and family

'The spirit of his fathers'

'The spirit of his fathers'

This illustration shows a Māori soldier at Gallipoli attacking two Turkish soldiers. Behind him looms the ghost of a Māori warrior, who represents one of his ancestors. It is a traditional Māori belief that tīpuna (ancestors) guide their descendants.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: A-312-1-088
Cartoon by William Blomfield

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How to cite this page:

Tai Walker, 'Whānau – Māori and family - Factors dividing whānau', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 June 2024)

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