Story: Whāngai – customary fostering and adoption

Tamatea-pōkaiwhenua

Tamatea-pōkaiwhenua

In this carving Tamatea-pōkaiwhenua is shown with a paddle in his hand. In one tradition Tamatea's wife, Ihuparapara, was tricked into sleeping with Uenuku, personification of the rainbow. The child of this union was taken by Uenuku to Te Tini-o-te-petipeti, who raised her as a whāngai.

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How to cite this page:

Basil Keane, 'Whāngai – customary fostering and adoption - Traditions and history', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/31031/tamatea-pokaiwhenua (accessed 6 April 2020)

Story by Basil Keane, published 5 May 2011, updated 1 Jun 2017