Maori Religion and Mythology
Maori Terms Of Relationship
Maori Terms Of Relationship.
Tupuna. An ancestor—male or female.
Matua. A father, or uncle either patruus or avunculus.
Papa. The same.
Whaea. A mother, or aunt on either side.
Tama. Eldest nephew.
Tamahine. Eldest niece; also used more generally.
Tamaiti. Son, or nephew.
Tamaroa. The same.
Tuakana. Elder brother of males, elder sister of females; also elder brother's children in reference to younger brother's children, elder sister's children in reference to younger sister's children.
Teina. The younger brother of males, the younger sister of females; also the younger brother's children in reference to elder brother's children, the younger sister's children in reference to elder sister's children.
Tungane. A sister's brother.
Tuahine. A brother's sister.
Iramutu. A nephew, or niece.
Hungawai. A father-in-law, or mother-in-law.
Hunaonga. A son-in-law, or daughter-in-law.
Taokete. A man's brother-in-law, or sister's sister-in-law.
Autane. A woman's brother-in-law.
Auwahine. A man's sister-in-law.
Potiki. A brother's children, or sister's children; also the youngest child of a family.
Mokopuna. A grand-child, or child of a nephew or niece.
Huanga. A relation in general.
Whanaunga-tupu. A blood relation.page 107
Ariki. The first born male or female.
Waewae. A man's younger brother: literally the foot.
Hamua. Syn. tuakana.
Maronui. A married man or woman.
Takakau. A single man or woman.
Pouaru. A widow.
Puhi. A betrothed female, also a female of rank restricted from marriage.
HE Wahine Taumaro. A betrothed female. N.B.—There is a distinction between a Puhi and a wahine taumaro. The betrothed female is a Puhi in reference to her father's act of consent, and a wahine taumaro in reference to her future father-in-law's act of consent to the arrangement.