Story: Papatūānuku – the land

Papatūānuku in the landscape

Papatūānuku in the landscape

The often mountainous New Zealand landscape played an important role in the Māori world view. The land was seen as Papatūānuku, the earth mother. Mountain ranges were conceptualised as representing this goddess lying prone.

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Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, 'Papatūānuku – the land - The importance of Papatūānuku', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 May 2022)

Story by Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, published 24 Sep 2007