Story: Hōkakatanga – Māori sexualities

Account from Joseph Banks's diary

In 1770, during a voyage of exploration to New Zealand, Joseph Banks wrote of a sailor who had complained that Māori practised homosexuality. He had paid a family to have sex with a young woman. However, they sent a male rather than a female to him. Banks's interpretation was that it was a way to trick him rather than an example of homosexuality.

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Clive Aspin, 'Hōkakatanga – Māori sexualities - Early Māori sexuality', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 1 October 2022)

Story by Clive Aspin, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 22 Jan 2019