Story: Te Waonui a Tāne – forest mythology

Meeting house

Meeting house

This diagram shows a wharenui (meeting house). The roof represents Ranginui (sky) and the ground Papatūānuku (earth). The posts separate earth and sky, as Tāne did in the Māori creation tradition.

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Source: Tane-nui-a-Rangi. Auckland: University of Auckland, 1988

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Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, 'Te Waonui a Tāne – forest mythology - Rituals of the marae', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 January 2022)

Story by Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, published 24 Sep 2007