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Whakapapa of Rangitihi and his descendants (1st of 2)

Whakapapa of Rangitihi and his descendants

For Māori, sexual relationships provided opportunities to develop social connections between different groups. This whakapapa (genealogy) of the descendants of the chief Rangitihi shows how strategic marriages and the outcome of sexual unions created strong links between tribal groups that might otherwise have been in conflict.

Rangitihi's two descendants, Kawatapuarangi and Tūhourangi, are the ancestors of Tāmiuru and Taiwere, whose son Pūkaki married Ngāpuia, consolidating relationships between the tribes of Ngāti Pikiao, Tuhourangi and Ngāti Whakaue.

Whakapapa from information provided by Paora Tapsell

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How to cite this page:

Louisa Allen, 'Sexualities - Sexualities – then and now', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/whakapapa/30854/whakapapa-of-rangitihi-and-his-descendants (accessed 22 June 2024)

Story by Louisa Allen, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 17 Jul 2018