Story: Te whānau tamariki – pregnancy and birth

'Taranga' (3rd of 3)

'Taranga'

Taranga, the mother of Māui, stands over her newborn son, who floats on the ocean. Above her the baby lies on his mother's hair. When he was stillborn she set him into the sea wrapped in her tikitiki, a topknot of hair. Māui became known as Māui-tikitiki-a-Taranga. On one side of Taranga Māui, as a kererū, looks down on his father, and on her other side are Māui's brothers. In this tradition, Māui washed ashore and was raised by his grandfather.

Courtesy of Robyn Kahukiwa

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Hope Tupara, 'Te whānau tamariki – pregnancy and birth - Birth in Māori tradition', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/27618/taranga (accessed 18 June 2019)

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