Opera singer Dame Kiri Te Kanawa was adopted as a baby by Tom and Nell Te Kanawa (left and centre right). Dame Kiri's birth mother was Pākehā and her birth father was Māori, ethnicities that were mirrored by her adoptive parents. Looking back, she said that early knowledge of her adoptive status made her ambitious to excel in life.
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New Zealand Woman's Weekly
Reference: 9 March 1970
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