Story: Tūranga i te hapori – status in Māori society

Tūmatauenga

Tūmatauenga

This representation of Tūmatauenga is from a work entitled 'Te wehenga o Rangi raua ko Papa' (the separation of Rangi and Papa) at Te Puna Mātauranga, the National Library. In tribal tradition Tūmatauenga overcame his brothers Tangaroa, Tāne-mahuta, Haumia and Rongo. They became his food because he made them noa (common).

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How to cite this page:

Basil Keane, 'Tūranga i te hapori – status in Māori society - Tribal traditions of status and rank', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/31126/tumatauenga (accessed 2 December 2022)

Story by Basil Keane, published 5 May 2011