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Akava'ine is a Cook Islands Māori word which has come, since the 2000s, to refer to transgender people of Māori descent from the Cook Islands.

Contrary to popular belief claiming 'Akava'ine as an old Māori custom, it is rather a contemporary identity almost solely influenced by other Polynesians, naturally, through cross-cultural interaction of Polynesians living in New Zealand especially the Samoan "Fa'afafine", transgender people who hold a special place in Sāmoan society.<ref>http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/gender-diversity/page-3</ref>


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Akava'ine is a Cook Islands Māori word which has come, since the 2000s, to refer to transgender people of Māori descent from the Cook Islands.

Contrary to popular belief claiming 'Akava'ine as an old Māori custom, it is rather a contemporary identity almost solely influenced by other Polynesians, naturally, through cross-cultural interaction of Polynesians living in New Zealand especially the Samoan "Fa'afafine", transgender people who hold a special place in Sāmoan society.<ref>http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/gender-diversity/page-3</ref>


Akava'ine sections
Intro  Etymology  Other terms  Culture  History  See also  References  Bibliography  

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