Story: Papatūānuku – the land

Mt Hikurangi

Mt Hikurangi

Sunlight strikes the peak of Mt Hikurangi. Hikurangi is the mountain mentioned in the Ngāti Porou tribe’s pepeha (proverb):

Ko Hikurangi te maunga
Ko Waiapu te awa
Ko Ngāti Porou te iwi

Hikurangi is the mountain
Waiapu is the river
Ngāti Porou is the tribe.

A tribe’s relationship to their mountain and river is an important part of their sense of tūrangawaewae (place to stand).

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How to cite this page:

Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, 'Papatūānuku – the land - Tūrangawaewae – a place to stand', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 January 2022)

Story by Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, published 24 Sep 2007