Story: Papatūānuku – the land

Tararua Range

Tararua Range

The metaphorical union between people and the land, Papatūānuku, is seen in places named after parts of the human body. The Tararua Range was named Te Tuarātapu-o-Te Rangihaeata (the sacred back of Te Rangihaeata) after an important Ngāti Toa chief, Te Rangihaeata, to commemorate a peace arrangement between the Ngāti Toa and Ngāti Kahungunu tribes. The range became a dividing line between Ngāti Toa on the west side and Ngāti Kahungunu on the east. This view looks along the ridge between Mt Hector and Mt Crawford.

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Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, 'Papatūānuku – the land - Birth from the earth – being indigenous', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 28 September 2020)

Story by Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, published 24 Sep 2007