Story: Hōkakatanga – Māori sexualities

Sleeping soldier watched over by a Māori woman

Sleeping soldier watched over by a Māori woman

In this watercolour painting from the mid-1800s a soldier is asleep in a whare (building) while being watched over by a Māori woman, who looks at him affectionately. When European explorers visited New Zealand, and later when settlers arrived, liaisons between European men and Māori women were common.

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Clive Aspin, 'Hōkakatanga – Māori sexualities - Early Māori sexuality', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 May 2022)

Story by Clive Aspin, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 22 Jan 2019