Story: Whāngai – customary fostering and adoption

Whāngai children

Sharon Ferretti married Wi Rikihana and they took two children as whāngai – Taipari Rikihana (the older child) and Urutakai (the younger). Sadly, Wi Rikihana passed away at the age of 40, but Sharon continued to whāngai the children.

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Basil Keane, 'Whāngai – customary fostering and adoption - Whāngai in modern times', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/video/31044/whangai-children (accessed 30 September 2020)

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