Story: Patupaiarehe

Cat’s cradle

Cat’s cradle

These children hold different forms of whai (cat’s cradle), a well-known traditional pastime. It has been said that it was patupaiarehe who passed their knowledge of whai to Māori.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Making New Zealand Centennial Collection (PAColl-3060)
Reference: MNZ-2424-1/2; F
Photograph by H. R. Vine

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How to cite this page:

Martin Wikaira, 'Patupaiarehe - Encounters with patupaiarehe', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 17 April 2024)

Story by Martin Wikaira, published 24 Sep 2007