An historical review of literature of traditional Māori child rearing practices in pre-European time
Te Kahui Mana Ririki with funding from the Office of the Children’s Commissioner
This report researches the traditional, pre-European settlement, Māori child rearing and parenting practices, with particular reference to socialisation and discipline.
The purpose of this report is to research the traditional, pre-European settlement, Maori child rearing and parenting practices, with particular reference to socialisation and discipline. The research will show how these practices might form or do form the basis for a 21st century kaupapa of parenting for Maori and potentially for other New Zealanders.
This model has been drawn from Maori whakapapa. It has a Maori kaupapa. It has evolved out of the workshops that have been described above as Maori thought for Maori parents to raise their children in ways linked more to the best of our past than to the worst of it. The model is a way for parents to determine their own children’s lives to be loving, confident and successful-delighting in life, respecting life and loving life. Others are not precluded from using it and adapting it to their situations as we, as Maori and New Zealanders, have adapted others tools and methods.