Story: Hōkakatanga – Māori sexualities

Kahungunu's wives

Kahungunu's wives

Kahungunu was the eponymous ancestor of Ngāti Kahungunu. He was born in Kaitāia and eventually settled on the Māhia Peninsula. Kahungunu was renowned as a lover rather than a fighter, and this map shows the places at which he took wives and had children.

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How to cite this page:

Clive Aspin, 'Hōkakatanga – Māori sexualities - Sexuality in Māori tradition', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 January 2022)

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