Story: Whenua – how the land was shaped

Māui in New Zealand

Māui in New Zealand

A number of New Zealand places are named after the story of Māui fishing up the North Island, with the South Island as his canoe and Stewart Island its anchor. This map is oriented as Māori traditionally perceived the country, with the North Island below the South Island.

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Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, 'Whenua – how the land was shaped - The North and South islands', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/map/6767/maui-in-new-zealand (accessed 22 October 2017)

Story by Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, published 12 Jun 2006