Story: Te Waonui a Tāne – forest mythology

New Zealand vegetation around 1840 (2nd of 2)

New Zealand vegetation around 1840

This map shows the forest cover around 1840. Over time different tribes had cleared areas of forest – in particular, near the coast. However, a number of groups lived in the bush and developed a deep understanding of the forest environment.

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Source: Bateman New Zealand historical atlas: ko papatuanuku e takoto nei. Auckland: David Bateman, 1997, plate 12

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Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, 'Te Waonui a Tāne – forest mythology - Tāne and his forests', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 30 November 2021)

Story by Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, published 24 Sep 2007