Story: Whenua – how the land was shaped

‘Battle of the mountains’

‘Battle of the mountains’

This painting by Angus Kerr depicts the battle of the mountains Tongariro, Taranaki, Tauhara and Pūtauaki, who all vied for the love of the beautiful maiden mountain Pīhanga. Eventually Tongariro won, and married Pīhanga.

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Reference: Annie Rae Te Ake Ake, Myths and legends of Aotearoa. Auckland: Scholastic, 1999
Acrylic on paper by Angus Kerr

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Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, 'Whenua – how the land was shaped - Battle of the mountains', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 10 June 2023)

Story by Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, published 12 Jun 2006