Story: Māori manners and social behaviour – Ngā mahi tika

Origin of the hongi (2nd of 2)

Origin of the hongi

The tradition of the hongi recalls the Māori legend of the creation of the first earthly woman, Hineahuone. She was formed from clay by the creator god Tāne, who then breathed life into her nostrils. This 1976 illustration by Ngāpuhi artist Pauline Kahurangi Yearbury shows them at that moment. 

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Artwork by Pauline Kahurangi Yearbury

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Mark Derby, 'Māori manners and social behaviour – Ngā mahi tika - Welcome and hospitality', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 13 April 2024)

Story by Mark Derby, published 5 Sep 2013