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“Te Whenua, Te Whenua, Engari Kaore He Turangawaewae (Placenta, Land, but Nowhere to Stand)” by Robyn Kahukiwa This painting speaks of the Mäori practice of burying the placenta from each newborn in a place which becomes their türangawaewae – a place to stand for ever. For many years, however, in hospitals managed by Europeans, placentas were burnt and Mäori mothers forbidden to carry out their traditional custom. The word whenua means both land and placenta

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