New Zealand Maori Myths & Legends

The Maori have a rich tradition of storytelling, and many of these stories have inspired designer David Trubridge. These are the legends of New Zealand
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Te Whiti o Tu - The story of two sisters. Rehutai (mist of the breaking surf) and Tangimoana (the voice of the breaking surf) 2004

Te Whiti o Tu - The story of two sisters. Rehutai (mist of the breaking surf) and Tangimoana (the voice of the breaking surf) 2004

Hinenuitepo - Goddess of the Night ///    There is only one female god in Maori Legend. She is the daughter of Tane Mahuta, god of the Forest and Birds, and Hineahuone, woman made from earth.    Today She is known as Hinenuitepo but she began life as Hinetitama, the Dawn Maiden.

Hinenuitepo - Goddess of the Night /// There is only one female god in Maori Legend. She is the daughter of Tane Mahuta, god of the Forest and Birds, and Hineahuone, woman made from earth. Today She is known as Hinenuitepo but she began life as Hinetitama, the Dawn Maiden.

Hine-nui-i-te-po (Ancestress of the Night) by June Northcroft Grant:  Hine-nui-te-pō ("Great woman of night") is a goddess of night and death and the ruler of the underworld in Māori mythology. She is a daughter of Tāne. She fled to the underworld because .... The red colour of sunset comes from her. Finish the myth - And that is why today red is the colour of the sunset.

Hine-nui-i-te-po (Ancestress of the Night) by June Northcroft Grant: Hine-nui-te-pō ("Great woman of night") is a goddess of night and death and the ruler of the underworld in Māori mythology. She is a daughter of Tāne. She fled to the underworld because .... The red colour of sunset comes from her. Finish the myth - And that is why today red is the colour of the sunset.

Faced with too short days and long nights Maui comes up with a plan to slow the sun's passage through the sky. With the help of his brothers, Maui sets out for the home of the sun to catch it and make it move more slowly.

Faced with too short days and long nights Maui comes up with a plan to slow the sun's passage through the sky. With the help of his brothers, Maui sets out for the home of the sun to catch it and make it move more slowly.

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.

...Maori Myth & Legend - The Story of Creation...Rangi is the sky, the father of all things; Papa is the earth, the mother of all things. In the beginning there was darkness, and these two, the earth and the sky, lay together. They had many children, who lay between them. It was dark for many ages; there was as yet no world with its bright light.

...Maori Myth & Legend - The Story of Creation...Rangi is the sky, the father of all things; Papa is the earth, the mother of all things. In the beginning there was darkness, and these two, the earth and the sky, lay together. They had many children, who lay between them. It was dark for many ages; there was as yet no world with its bright light.

According to Maori mythology, Rotorua’s Te Arawa people are the guardians of the thermal region of New Zealand. This right came from the early explorations of Ngatoroirangi, a famous Tohunga (spiritual leader) from the Arawa canoe. Rotorua’s spouting hot geysers, mud pools and volcanic fire are said to be the result of Ngatoroirangi’s actions. (for more, go to source) #nz

According to Maori mythology, Rotorua’s Te Arawa people are the guardians of the thermal region of New Zealand. This right came from the early explorations of Ngatoroirangi, a famous Tohunga (spiritual leader) from the Arawa canoe. Rotorua’s spouting hot geysers, mud pools and volcanic fire are said to be the result of Ngatoroirangi’s actions. (for more, go to source) #nz

Pānia was a sea maiden who swam ashore at sunset and returned to the sea before dawn. She would hide in a clump of flax beside a freshwater spring at the foot of Hukarere cliff in Napier. One day Karitoki, a chief in the area, was thirsty and came to the spring for a drink. He caught sight of Pānia, and took her home to be his wife. But every morning Pānia would return to the sea. After some time Pānia had a son ... (for more go to http://craccum.ausa.auckland.ac.nz/?p=1542)

Pānia was a sea maiden who swam ashore at sunset and returned to the sea before dawn. She would hide in a clump of flax beside a freshwater spring at the foot of Hukarere cliff in Napier. One day Karitoki, a chief in the area, was thirsty and came to the spring for a drink. He caught sight of Pānia, and took her home to be his wife. But every morning Pānia would return to the sea. After some time Pānia had a son ... (for more go to http://craccum.ausa.auckland.ac.nz/?p=1542)

Maui is the gifted, clever demigod of Polynesian mythology responsible for fishing up the North Island of Aotearoa, New Zealand.  After a miraculous birth and upbringing Maui won the affection of his supernatural parents, taught useful arts to mankind, snared the sun and tamed fire. But one of his most famous feats was fishing up the North Island. (for more, see source) #newzealand

Maui is the gifted, clever demigod of Polynesian mythology responsible for fishing up the North Island of Aotearoa, New Zealand. After a miraculous birth and upbringing Maui won the affection of his supernatural parents, taught useful arts to mankind, snared the sun and tamed fire. But one of his most famous feats was fishing up the North Island. (for more, see source) #newzealand

In the late 1970s master carver Matahi Whakataka-Brightwell came to his mother’s land at Lake Taupo, New Zealand. On a boat trip around the Western Bays he saw the cliffs at Mine Bay and decided to use them as a canvas for his work. This carving represents the Māori mythological couple Rangi and Papa (or Ranginui and Papatuanuku). Theirs is the Story of Creation: Rangi is the sky, the father of all things; Papa is the earth, the mother of all things.

In the late 1970s master carver Matahi Whakataka-Brightwell came to his mother’s land at Lake Taupo, New Zealand. On a boat trip around the Western Bays he saw the cliffs at Mine Bay and decided to use them as a canvas for his work. This carving represents the Māori mythological couple Rangi and Papa (or Ranginui and Papatuanuku). Theirs is the Story of Creation: Rangi is the sky, the father of all things; Papa is the earth, the mother of all things.


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Ranginui and Papatuanuku. Māori creation myth:In the beginning there was only darkness. the moon, sun, and heavens were made. Rangi(the Sky Father) clung to Papa(the Earth Mother), keeping their children in darkness. They separated the parents creating night and day. Rangi's tears formed the ocean. Tawhiri (god of wind and storm) joined his father to the realm above and in his fury uprooted the trees of Tane Mahuta and turned his rage on Tangaroa (god of the sea) who fled to the ocean.

Ranginui and Papatuanuku. Māori creation myth:In the beginning there was only darkness. the moon, sun, and heavens were made. Rangi(the Sky Father) clung to Papa(the Earth Mother), keeping their children in darkness. They separated the parents creating night and day. Rangi's tears formed the ocean. Tawhiri (god of wind and storm) joined his father to the realm above and in his fury uprooted the trees of Tane Mahuta and turned his rage on Tangaroa (god of the sea) who fled to the ocean.

According to Maori mythology, Rotorua’s Te Arawa people are the guardians of the thermal region of New Zealand. This right came from the early explorations of Ngatoroirangi, a famous Tohunga (spiritual leader) from the Arawa canoe. Rotorua’s spouting hot geysers, mud pools and volcanic fire are said to be the result of Ngatoroirangi’s actions. (for more, go to source) #nz

According to Maori mythology, Rotorua’s Te Arawa people are the guardians of the thermal region of New Zealand. This right came from the early explorations of Ngatoroirangi, a famous Tohunga (spiritual leader) from the Arawa canoe. Rotorua’s spouting hot geysers, mud pools and volcanic fire are said to be the result of Ngatoroirangi’s actions. (for more, go to source) #nz

When Täne decided to climb up to the heavens to seek the baskets of knowledge for mankind, his brother Whiro was angry. Whiro thought he had more right to the baskets than Täne, because he was the elder brother. The two brothers struggled for power, but it was Täne who was favoured by Io, the supreme power, so Täne was allowed to ascend the twelve heavens. (for more, go to http://legislation.knowledge-basket.co.nz/kete/about/baskets.html) #nz

When Täne decided to climb up to the heavens to seek the baskets of knowledge for mankind, his brother Whiro was angry. Whiro thought he had more right to the baskets than Täne, because he was the elder brother. The two brothers struggled for power, but it was Täne who was favoured by Io, the supreme power, so Täne was allowed to ascend the twelve heavens. (for more, go to http://legislation.knowledge-basket.co.nz/kete/about/baskets.html) #nz

The earliest legends speak of a man named Ngatoroirangi, a tohunga (priest) who guided Te Arawa canoe to this country. He travelled east from Maketu, down the coast until he reached what is now known as the Tarawera River. Naming it Te Awa-o-te-atua he turned inland and followed it upstream until he reached Ruawahia, the central peak of what we generally call Mount Tarawera. Here he had a remarkable experience... (for more, go to http://www.rotoruanz.com/rotorua/history/maori_legends.php)…

The earliest legends speak of a man named Ngatoroirangi, a tohunga (priest) who guided Te Arawa canoe to this country. He travelled east from Maketu, down the coast until he reached what is now known as the Tarawera River. Naming it Te Awa-o-te-atua he turned inland and followed it upstream until he reached Ruawahia, the central peak of what we generally call Mount Tarawera. Here he had a remarkable experience... (for more, go to http://www.rotoruanz.com/rotorua/history/maori_legends.php)…

Hinetitama by Robyn Kahukiwa.   This book 'Wahine Toa' by Patricia Grace and illustrated by Robyn, was a huge influence on me and many others. The article says that it was a 'feminist reading of traditional Maori mythology'. What the book actually does is reinstate atua wahine in their proper place. Colonialism + christianity filtered retellings of Maori stories led to a disappearance of all our atua wahine and tipuna wahine over the last 160 years.

Hinetitama by Robyn Kahukiwa. This book 'Wahine Toa' by Patricia Grace and illustrated by Robyn, was a huge influence on me and many others. The article says that it was a 'feminist reading of traditional Maori mythology'. What the book actually does is reinstate atua wahine in their proper place. Colonialism + christianity filtered retellings of Maori stories led to a disappearance of all our atua wahine and tipuna wahine over the last 160 years.

New Zealand Time Zones - Another great sunrise

New Zealand Time Zones - Another great sunrise

NZ $!! Front is Queen Elizabeth11 & the Beehive = Parliament Buildings Wellington. REVERSE is New Zealand's only NATIVE falcon Kārearea.

NZ $!! Front is Queen Elizabeth11 & the Beehive = Parliament Buildings Wellington. REVERSE is New Zealand's only NATIVE falcon Kārearea.

New Zealand Driving - http://landandsee.com/blog/

New Zealand Driving - http://landandsee.com/blog/

Tumatauenga- Maori myth: the god of war and balance. He is the ancestor of humankind. He subdued his brothers that represent animals and the earth except his brother of the storms. Humans now war because he set the example.

Tumatauenga- Maori myth: the god of war and balance. He is the ancestor of humankind. He subdued his brothers that represent animals and the earth except his brother of the storms. Humans now war because he set the example.

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