The tradition originated from the story of the birth of the first earthly Maori woman, Hineahuone, who was made from clay until the Maori god Tāne breathed life into her nostrils. Now, the greeting means "to share breath." By doing so, it is acknowledged that the visitor becomes a member of the local people.

The tradition originated from the story of the birth of the first earthly Maori woman, Hineahuone, who was made from clay until the Maori god Tāne breathed life into her nostrils. Now, the greeting means "to share breath." By doing so, it is acknowledged that the visitor becomes a member of the local people.

Mahuika is a Māori fire deity. Generally, Mahuika is female and wife of the god Auahitūroa. Māui stole fire from the fingernails of Mahuika

Mahuika is a Māori fire deity. Generally, Mahuika is female and wife of the god Auahitūroa. Māui stole fire from the fingernails of Mahuika

Te Keka me Te Tamaiti by Robyn Kahukiwa for Sale - New Zealand Art Prints

Te Keka me Te Tamaiti by Robyn Kahukiwa for Sale - New Zealand Art Prints

Hinemoa: the Belle of the Kainga by Charles Goldie, Oil on canvas

Hinemoa: the Belle of the Kainga by Charles Goldie, Oil on canvas

Guitar Player by Robyn Kahukiwa

Guitar Player by Robyn Kahukiwa

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