Story: Whāngai – customary fostering and adoption

Tāmati Wāka Nene

Tāmati Wāka Nene

This photograph of Tāmati Wāka Nene was taken around 1870 by Elizabeth Pulman. Nene was a renowned Ngāpuhi chief who mistakenly shot his relation dead for a crime he did not commit. Nene took on the man's son, Timoti, as an atawhai.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: PA2-2721
Photograph by Elizabeth Pulman

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Basil Keane, 'Whāngai – customary fostering and adoption - Traditions and history', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 April 2024)

Story by Basil Keane, published 5 May 2011, updated 1 Jun 2017