Story: Kiore – Pacific rats

Kiore whakapapa

Kiore whakapapa

This whakapapa (genealogy) shows the traditional origins of kiore. Hinemataiti is the ancestor of kiore. Her mother, Pani, was also the mother of kūmara – she was impregnated with kūmara that Rongo-māui stole from his brother, Whānui (the star Vega). In turn, Hinemataiti stole kūmara from Pani while they were being stored in kūmara pits.

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Bradford Haami, 'Kiore – Pacific rats - Traditions', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 10 December 2023)

Story by Bradford Haami, published 24 Nov 2008