Story: Papatūānuku – the land

‘Papatūānuku – the rhythm of the land’

‘Papatūānuku – the rhythm of the land’

Papatūānuku, the earth mother in Māori tradition, is seen as the birthplace of all things. This painting is by Victor Tukuafu, who is of Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Tūwharetoa and Tongan descent.

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Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, 'Papatūānuku – the land - The importance of Papatūānuku', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/11426/papatuanuku-the-rhythm-of-the-land (accessed 17 October 2019)

Story by Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, published 24 Sep 2007