Story: Te ngahere – forest lore

Puawānanga flower (1st of 4)

Puawānanga flower

Puawānanga was said to be the child of the stars Puanga (Rigel in Orion) and Rehua (Antares in Scorpio). In some traditions, the appearance of Puanga signalled winter and Rehua summer – puawānanga trees flowered in the months between them.

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Rāwiri Taonui, 'Te ngahere – forest lore - Flowering plants', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/14081/puawananga-flower (accessed 18 June 2019)

Story by Rāwiri Taonui, published 24 Sep 2007