Story: Whāngai – customary fostering and adoption

Te Puea Hērangi

Te Puea Hērangi

Te Puea Hērangi (also known as Princess Te Puea) cuddles a baby, probably in the 1920s. Over many years Te Puea took on numerous children as whāngai.

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Basil Keane, 'Whāngai – customary fostering and adoption - Whāngai in modern times', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 28 May 2023)

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