Story: Kaumātua – Māori elders

Haehaeora Te Rangitakatu with her mokopuna

Haehaeora Te Rangitakatu with her mokopuna

Haehaeora Te Rangitakatu is shown here carrying her mokopuna (grandchild) on her back in 1948. Elders often played a significant role in raising their mokopuna.

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How to cite this page:

Rawinia Higgins and Paul Meredith, 'Kaumātua – Māori elders - Kaumātua as repositories of knowledge and nurturers', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/28365/haehaeora-te-rangitakatu-with-her-mokopuna (accessed 2 June 2020)

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