Story: Te whānau tamariki – pregnancy and birth

'Rona and the moon'

'Rona and the moon'

Together with Hineteiwaiwa, Rona is sometimes associated with childbirth. Rona was fetching water with a hue (calabash) when the moon went behind a cloud and she tripped in the dark. She cursed the moon, who then snatched her up. Here Rona holds her hue, and also a tree that she desperately tried to hold on to. Rona can still be seen on the face of  the moon, holding her hue and a tree.

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Hope Tupara, 'Te whānau tamariki – pregnancy and birth - Birth in Māori tradition', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 26 May 2022)

Story by Hope Tupara, published 5 May 2011, updated 1 Jun 2017