Story: Inheritance

Modest inheritance (2nd of 2)

Modest inheritance

Rongo-i-te-kai, Mahinaarangi, Māui, Paikea and Tōmuri Keane each hold a small piece of dirt symbolising the shares held by their kuia (grandmother) in a block of Māori land also owned by hundreds of others. If the children inherited her shares, each of them would own a piece of land about the size of the dirt in their hands.

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Ann Dupuis, 'Inheritance - Māori inheritance and succession', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 16 January 2022)

Story by Ann Dupuis, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 3 Oct 2018