Story: Whānau – Māori and family

Toddler at kapa haka

Toddler at kapa haka

This toddler happily plays around adults engaged in kapa haka. This moment captures the saying, He tawheta haere koe i ngā waewae o ō mātua (you get under your parents’ feet). Though you might be in the way, you learn at your parents’ side.

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Tai Walker, 'Whānau – Māori and family - Description of whānau', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 19 July 2024)

Story by Tai Walker, published 5 May 2011, updated 1 Jun 2017