Story: Whakapapa – genealogy

Te Pō whakapapa (2nd of 3)

Te Pō whakapapa

This whakapapa provided by English doctor and scholar Edward Shortland gives a line beginning with Te Pō (the night), to Te Ao (the day), Te Kore (chaos) and ending at Rangi (the sky). This differs from the whakapapa usually recited which begins with Te Kore.

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Source: Edward Shortland, Traditions and superstitions of the New Zealanders: with illustrations of their manners and customs. London: Longman, Brown, Green, & Longmans, 1856, pp. 55–56

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Rāwiri Taonui, 'Whakapapa – genealogy - Whakapapa of creation', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 5 December 2021)

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