Story: Ranginui – the sky

Tāne raising the sky

Tāne raising the sky

This carving of the god Tāne is part of a larger work by Cliff Whiting, called ‘Te wehenga o Rangi rāua ko Papa’. Tāne is shown separating his parents, Ranginui and Papatūānuku, by standing on his head and pushing up with his feet. He then used posts to hold up the sky.

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How to cite this page:

Rāwiri Taonui, 'Ranginui – the sky - Ranginui – the sky father', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 30 May 2024)

Story by Rāwiri Taonui, published 12 Jun 2006