Story: Ngā tamariki – Māori childhoods

Whāngai

In this clip from the documentary Whāngai, Sharon Ferretti, a Pākehā married to a Māori, talks about raising her grandson, Taipari Rikihana. Taipari lived with his grandparents for most of his chldhood, since this arrangement suited the entire extended family. Whāngai (unofficial adoption, usually within the extended family) is a traditional practice in Māori child-rearing, still common today.

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Rawinia Higgins me Paul Meredith, 'Ngā tamariki – Māori childhoods - Māori children’s upbringing', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/video/30537/whangai (accessed 5 April 2020)

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