E HOKI MAI-(the home coming) The journey of the Maori is seen by many as the return to the land where they came from. The bond to Papatuanuku (mother earth) is strongest for women. Red is the colour of blood and earth - the most sacred colour for Maori people. Women are the most vulnerable and carry the seed of the spirit. Men who have lost the bond to Papatuanuku can regain it in togetherness with women.