|WikiProject New Zealand / Māori||(Rated Start-class, Low-importance)|
|WikiProject LGBT studies||(Rated Start-class)|
"The word takatāpui was found to have existed in pre-colonial New Zealand to describe relationships between people of the same sex. The existence of this word kills the conservative Maori argument that homosexuality did not exist in Maori society"
- Is there a reference for this?
Regarding Maaori names for transpeople, not only are these terms are new to me, they seem pretty inaccurate. Shouldn't they be whakawahine (transwoman) and whakatane (transman)? Is there someone who can give a definative answer? Or course, this is assuming we are happy to conflate transgender with homosexuality which is problematic in itself.
The commonest spelling used in the article is "takatāpui", although "takātapui" also occurs twice. Which is correct?