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Taare, Sonny

Taare was the 12th tamaiti whangai or foster child, from shortly after her birth, of Hoani Taare and his daughter Jane, who fostered 29 children. He was brought up on a farm and attended lo... [more]

Takuta, Tio

Takuta was born at Ruatoki, the son of Hohapata and Puru Tamehana Takuta. He was sent as a tamaiti whangai to Takuta Kerekere as a young child. Kerekere was an expert in traditional knowled... [more]

Tall Mountain, Mary

Tall Mountain was the daughter of a Koyukon-Athabaskan mother and Scots-Irish father and born in Nulato, Alaska. Her mother became terminally ill and Mary was adopted by a white family, who... [more]

Tamaiti Whangai

Tamaiti whangai is the New Zealand Maori term for a foster or adopted child. "Tamaiti" (plural "tamariki") means "child" and "whangai" means to feed ... [more]

Tangiia Nui

Tangiia Nui was named Uenga by his mother, Ka'ungake Ariki ki te Marama, when he was born; later his grandfather, Amaru Enua, named him Rangi. He was adopted by his uncle, Pou te Vananga... [more]

Te Ariki Upoko Tini

Taputapu Atea was born to Iro Nui ma Ota and Te Toko o te Rangi. He was sent to be fostered on Easter Island where he grew up. Iro's cousin Tangiia Nui had, he thought, lost all of his chil... [more]

Te Atua, Henare

Te Atua was the son of Maori aristocrats. As a young child he was given to his relatives Miriama Hineinukua and Hoani Waikata as a tamaiti whangai. He was educated by students of two of ... [more]

Te Hau, Matiu Te Auripo

Te Hau was born the son of William Turakiuta Cooper and Koparepare Matiu. His mother was unable to keep him, and he was given to her sister, Aporina, and her husband, Waea Te Hau, as a tama... [more]

Te Kanawa, Kiri

Te Kanawa was born to an unmarried couple (European mother and Maori father). They were extremely poor and already had a son, so the baby Kiri was placed for adoption at a few weeks of age ... [more]

Te Kooti Arikirangi Te Turuki

Te Kooti was named Akirangi in a prophecy by Te Toiroa foretelling his birth. According to the prophecy if Te Turuki had a child who died, followed by Te Rangipatahi having a child who live... [more]

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