Story: Kaumātua – Māori elders

Tamanui-ki-te-rangi

Tamanui-ki-te-rangi

Tamanui-ki-te-rangi, the grandfather of Māui, rescues his mokopuna (grandchild) from the sea. As Māui's kaumātua it fell to Tamanui to raise Māui and teach him his whakapapa (genealogy) and tribal traditions. Traditionally, it was common for kaumātua to whāngai (foster) their mokopuna.

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Rawinia Higgins and Paul Meredith, 'Kaumātua – Māori elders - Kaumātua in early traditions', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/28357/tamanui-ki-te-rangi (accessed 18 November 2019)

Story by Rawinia Higgins and Paul Meredith, published 5 May 2011