Story: Stirling, Mihi Kōtukutuku

Mihi Kōtukutuku Stirling

Mihi Kotukutuku Stirling

As a high-born woman of Te Whānau-ā-Apanui and Ngāti Porou, Mihi Kōtukutuku Stirling was a leader of her people and was allowed to speak on the marae, a right usually reserved for senior men. This brought her into conflict with male elders of other tribes at hui, resulting in some fiery and memorable exchanges. 

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Angela Ballara. 'Stirling, Mihi Kōtukutuku', Dictionary of New Zealand Biography, first published in 1996. Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, https://teara.govt.nz/en/biographies/3s36/stirling-mihi-kotukutuku (accessed 25 January 2022)