Story: Māori manners and social behaviour – Ngā mahi tika

Terms for family members

Roll your cursor over this graphic to see how the terms for various members and generations of a Māori extended family are connected with each other. The terms 'mātāmua' (firstborn child) and 'pōtiki' (youngest child) apply to both males and females. The terms 'tuakana' (elder) and 'tēina' (younger) apply only to the relationship between same-sex siblings. 

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Mark Derby, 'Māori manners and social behaviour – Ngā mahi tika - Kinship, families and marae', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 June 2024)

Story by Mark Derby, published 5 Sep 2013