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  1. Hapū

    In Māoridom and New Zealand, a hapū ("subtribe", or "clan") functions as "the basic political unit within Māori society".


  1. Hapū

    A hapū is "the basic political unit within Māori society". A named division of a Māori iwi, membership is determined by genealogical descent; a hapū is made up of a number of whānau groups. Te Maire Tau noted in his study of Ngāi Tahu migrations that hapū size and names were volatile with hapū splitting into sister groups when they grew in size or when migrating. New hapū were often named after events associated with the migration. Likewise the same group of people would change their name according to different circumstances. These were primarily to do with rights to resources that had been given to a named hapū or to link to an ancestor with mana in a particular area. Tau states that hapū names and locations have become more stable in more recent times. Generally hapū range in size from 350–500 although there is no upper limit. A Māori person can belong or have links to many different hapū. Each hapū had its own chief and normally operated independently of the tribe group. Missionaries such Henry Williams noted that even in times of war against another iwi, hapū usually operated independently. In the Musket Wars many of the battles were fights between competing hapū rather than iwi. It was not uncommon for two hapū from the same iwi to be in conflict.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of HAPU in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of HAPU in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

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