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Tāne Mahuta

Tāne Mahuta

symbolic of the birds and the forests


He is responsible for separating his parents, Rangi and Papa, obtaining the three kits of knowledge, ngā kete o te wānanga; te kete tuatea, te kete tuauri and te kete aronui from the heavens and creating the first woman out of the sacred red clay kurawaka, her name was Hineahuone.


The pattern inside his korowai is called Rauponga, a whakarei pattern commonly found on whakairo of an ancestor representing the ribs but mainly growth and the connection between the physical realm and the spiritual realm. Green is the main colour used to represent the vast forests and the birds that inhabit it.