Story: Adoption

Mākereti Papakura (2nd of 2)

Mākereti Papakura

Mākereti Papakura (left, with her father and half-siblings) was born to a Māori mother and Pākehā father in Matatā in 1873. She was cared for by her mother's aunt and uncle until she was 10, when her father assumed control of her education. Māori children were often raised by relatives who were not their parents, a practice called whāngai. After leaving school Mākereti moved to her ancestral home at Whakarewarewa in Rotorua and guided tourists around the thermal attractions, which brought her national and international fame. She took Māori concert parties to Australia and to England, where she settled after her marriage to an Englishman in 1912.

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Anne Else, 'Adoption - Māori and colonial adoption', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 July 2024)

Story by Anne Else, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 18 Apr 2018