Story: Parenting

Māori grandfather with grandchildren

Māori grandfather with grandchildren

Before colonisation Māori parenting took place within the wider whānau. Grandparents were typically responsible for the day-to-day care of their grandchildren (mokopuna) while the parents did other jobs. This continued to occur after colonisation, though the nuclear-style European family arrangement also became common. This photograph shows Takurua Tamarau with his mokopuna Leo, Alfred and Lorna Tamarau in Rūātoki. He is sharing a hongi (pressing noses) with Leo.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Making New Zealand Centennial Collection (PAColl-3060)
Reference: MNZ-2659-1/2; F
Photograph by H. R. Vine

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How to cite this page:

Lesley Patterson, 'Parenting - Mothers, fathers and parenting', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/26329/maori-grandfather-with-grandchildren (accessed 25 October 2021)

Story by Lesley Patterson, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 26 Jun 2018