Tāne Mahuta’s [Legend and Lore] New Zealand

Tāne Mahuta

Aotearoa  “ the land of the long White cloud” aka New Zealand.

Tāne Mahuta

 Meeting Tāne Mahuta, The Lord of the forest , and discovering Maori story of Creation.
On the West coast of Northland, Hokianga, New Zealand,  is the Magical Waipora Forest. Here lives Tāne Mahuta, the Lord of the Forest: The world’s largest living Kauri tree. This magnificent tree holds great reverence in Maori culture, as it tells the story of
The story goes, that from where nothing existed, in the void and the darkness, lived Ranginui the “sky father” and Papatuanuku, the “earth mother”. Their love was so strong they held each other in a permanent embrace, never wanting to be apart – the darkness. So their six children never ever saw radiant light. Until one day, they caught a glimpse of bright light, as Ranginui had shuffled around a bit.
Well, that did it. The children were totally astonished by what they had seen, and planned ways of breaking their parents embrace so they could all live in a world of light, as they were tired of the darkness.
After many failed attempts, the powerful Tāne Mahuta had a go. He laid  on his back, squeezed his shoulders into his mother’s body and used his strong legs to push his father away. He knew he would have to draw on all his physical strength to tear the love of his parents, to let light into the world. Ignoring his mother’s cries, he pushed Ranginui to the heavens, and light poured in, creating our world.
Then he set about clothing and protecting his mother’s naked body, with the vegetation of the forest and land. Tāne Mahuta’s children are all the living creatures of the forest.
Tāne Mahuta
Tāne Mahuta is a giant kauri tree (Agathis australis) in the Waipoua Forest of Northland Region, New Zealand. Its age is unknown but is estimated to be between 1,250 and 2,500 years. It is the largest kauri known to stand today. Its Māori name means “Lord of the Forest”, from the name of a god in the Māori pantheon.

The tree is a remnant of the ancient subtropical rainforest that once grew on the North Auckland Peninsula. Other giant kauri are found nearby, notably Te Matua Ngahere. Tāne Mahuta is the most famous tree in New Zealand, along with Te Matua Ngahere. It is thought it was discovered (by Westerners, as it was already known to Maori) and identified in the 1920s when contractors surveyed the present State Highway 12 route through the forest. In 1928 Nicholas Yakas and other bushmen, who were building the road, also identified the tree.

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