Story: Papatūānuku – the land

Pirongia mountain

Pirongia mountain

Pirongia mountain is shown in this 1861 watercolour by John Kinder. Mountains have a vital role in the tūrangawaewae (standing place) of different tribes. At the selection of the first Māori king, Pōtatau Te Wherowhero, flax ropes were attached to a flagstaff to represent the mountains of the assembled tribes from around New Zealand. For the Waikato tribes, the flax ropes represented Pirongia and Taupiri mountains.

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Watercolour by John Kinder

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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 1 October 2023)

Story by Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, published 24 Sep 2007