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NZ Maori adoption customs may hold lesson for Vanuatu

NZ Maori adoption customs may hold lesson for Vanuatu

Updated 11 December 2013, 18:52 AEST

With the courts in Vanuatu seemingly at odds with the chiefs on the island of Tanna over parents providing a child as compensation a child's death in another family, is there anything that can be learned from the way similar clashes have been handled elsewhere in the Pacific?The Maori custom of Whangai, a form of adoption, has some similarities to the customs on Tanna, and is still widely practised.

Professor Peter Adds says the New Zealand legal system has shown some flexibility over such customs, an approach he says might work in Vanuatu.

Presenter: Bruce Hill

Speaker: Peter Adds, head of Maori Studies at Victoria University of Wellington

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