Māori Women Educators’ Pedagogy


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Whakapapa……………..the genealogical descent of all living thing


…The time that I came to ask him for some kōrero, he actually did bring out his little table, which was just for his whakapapa book. The family I was born into were steeped in things Māori and how things had to be. At the age of 7, one of our old grand-uncles took him [Liz’s uncle] and must have stayed out in the bush somewhere for a couple of weeks. He slept through the day. But then in the night when everything was all still, he would get him up and they would whakapapa. He taught him all the whakapapa and then brought him back.

Rose: We’re descended from the ancient people, as well as those tīpuna who came from the islands. A beautiful people, peace loving people, vegetarian, our ancient people were not cannibals…




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