Most young people were expected to form sexual relationships, and might have more than one before settling down with a partner.
In some cases these early relationships became a marriage.
Intertribal marriage often meant loss or dilution of land or food-gathering rights and the danger of divided loyalties if conflicts arose.
A high rate of marriage to outsiders could also break a group down.
Extended family would meet and vigorously debate the merits of a relationship.
In some cases taonga (treasure) would be given by the family of one of those marrying to the family of the other.
Statutes passed by Parliament continued to recognise traditional marriage, while the courts sometimes didn’t.
Court decisions on inheritance and the legitimacy of family relationships could deem invalid marriages that were regarded as legitimate by Maori communities.
Marriage according to Māori custom was recognised as valid by the colonial legal system until 1888.
After a Supreme Court decision in that year, New Zealand’s legal system became contradictory.
Remember that food comes from the earth, sea-food from the net, and man from woman’.
There was no marriage rite as such, but hapū or whānau approval was required.
Funeral ceremony will be held in Inverness Crematorium on Tuesday, 21st March, 2017, at 11am, to which all friends are respectfully invited; thereafter all are welcome back to Tain Golf Club. Peacefully, on Wednesday, 8th March, 2017, in the tender care of staff at Fairburn House, Elizabeth Mary, a special and adored daughter of the late John and Alice, cherished by Dot and sadly missed by all family and friends.