Story: Kōhatu – Māori use of stone

Whakapapa of rocks and stones (1st of 2)

Whakapapa of rocks and stones

This whakapapa (genealogical chart) lists the descendants of Tāne (god of the forest) and Hine-tū-pari-maunga (goddess of the mountains and cliffs). There were close relationships between stone, water and soil. The value of stone to humans is also shown with the inclusion of Rātā, the first person to use an adze to cut down a tree.

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Source: Te ao turoa: education kit. Auckland: Auckland War Memorial Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira, 2001, p. 15.

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Phil Moore and Bruce McFadgen, 'Kōhatu – Māori use of stone - Stone tools', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/document/8877/whakapapa-of-rocks-and-stones (accessed 9 August 2020)

Story by Phil Moore and Bruce McFadgen, published 12 Jun 2006