Story: Kaitiakitanga – guardianship and conservation

Māui becoming a kererū

Māui becoming a kererū

In one tradition, the legendary trickster Māui turned himself into a kererū (New Zealand pigeon) to fly after his mother. Many Māori traditions show a close, mystical relationship between humans and nature.

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Reference: Eke Panuku 14. Wellington: Learning Media Ltd, 2004.
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Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, 'Kaitiakitanga – guardianship and conservation - Connected to nature', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 February 2024)

Story by Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, published 24 Sep 2007