Story: Te Waonui a Tāne – forest mythology

Ongaonga – tree nettle

Ongaonga – tree nettle

The ongaonga’s hairs give a painful sting. A difficult or 'prickly' person was likened to this plant.

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Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, 'Te Waonui a Tāne – forest mythology - Sayings from the forest', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 September 2021)

Story by Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, published 24 Sep 2007