Story: Te Waonui a Tāne – forest mythology

Tōtara proverb

This is a tōtara tree. Hear an explanation of the proverb, ‘Kua hinga te tōtara o Te Waonui a Tāne’ (the tōtara in the great forest of Tāne has fallen).

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How to cite this page:

Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, 'Te Waonui a Tāne – forest mythology - Sayings from the forest', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/music/13170/totara-proverb (accessed 1 April 2020)

Story by Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, published 24 Sep 2007