Story: Ngā tamariki – Māori childhoods

Moari (1st of 2)

This 1847 painting by George French Angas shows the ‘Native swing' or moari. It was sited next to the at Ōhinemutu, beside Lake Rotorua, and children could swing out over the water and drop into the lake. Moari were also used in a rite for warriors returning from battle.

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Hand-coloured lithograph by George French Angas

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How to cite this page:

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/zoomify/30545/moari (accessed 23 February 2020)

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