Story: Te Waonui a Tāne – forest mythology

Separating earth and sky

Separating earth and sky

This sculpture by Fred Graham shows Tāne separating his parents, Ranginui (sky father) and Papatūānuku (earth mother). This allowed light and knowledge to shine into the world.

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Artwork by Fred Graham

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How to cite this page:

Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, 'Te Waonui a Tāne – forest mythology - Tāne and his forests', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 3 December 2021)

Story by Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, published 24 Sep 2007