Story: Hōkakatanga – Māori sexualities

Kahungunu and Rongomaiwahine

This waiata tells of Kahungunu's love for the beautiful and high-born Rongomaiwahine. Rongomaiwahine laid down a sexual challenge to Kahungunu and so he sought a way to make her his wife.

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Clive Aspin, 'Hōkakatanga – Māori sexualities - Sexuality in Māori tradition', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 May 2022)

Story by Clive Aspin, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 22 Jan 2019