Story: Marriage and partnering

Hinemoa and Tutānekai

Hinemoa and Tutānekai

The romance and marriage of Hinemoa and Tutānekai is one of the best-known Māori legends. The couple are shown here embracing on the waharoa (gateway) at the model in Rotorua.

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Megan Cook, 'Marriage and partnering - Marriage in traditional Māori society', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 10 December 2023)

Story by Megan Cook, published 5 May 2011, updated 1 May 2017