Story: Te aitanga pepeke – the insect world

Tāne battles the insects

Tāne battles the insects

In this artwork by Robert Jahnke, the god Tāne is attacked by insects as he retrieves the three baskets of knowledge from the heavens. The insects were sent by his brother Whiro, who wanted the baskets for himself. Tāne repelled their attacks by calling on the wind to blow them away.

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Reference: Mona Riini and Robert Jahnke, Te Timatanga o te ao; nga kete wananga. Auckland: Shortland, 1992
Artwork by Robert Jahnke

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Bradford Haami, 'Te aitanga pepeke – the insect world - What is te aitanga pepeke?', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 July 2024)

Story by Bradford Haami, published 24 Sep 2007