Story: Whakapapa – genealogy

Kūmara whakapapa

This whakapapa shows how the kūmara descends from Rongo-māui and Pani-tinaku. Its origin is referred to in this extract of the waiata 'Pō! Pō!', by Enoka Te Pakaru. In English it translates as:

Pō! Pō!
My son, Tama, is crying for food!
Wait until it is fetched from the Pillars-of-netted-food
And the whale is driven ashore,
To give milk for you, my son,
Verily, your ancestor Uenuku will give freely.
Now listen! The kūmara is from the Beetling-cliff-of-the-sun
Beyond the eager bounding strides of Tangaroa, god of the sea;
Lo, striding to and fro is Tangaroa,
Tangaroa! Listen to his resounding roar!

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Rāwiri Taonui, 'Whakapapa – genealogy - Whakapapa of creation', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 19 January 2022)

Story by Rāwiri Taonui, published 5 May 2011, updated 1 Jul 2015