Story: Whenua – how the land was shaped

Bush streams

Bush streams

Mountains were thought to be the breasts of Papatūānuku, the earth mother. Rivers and streams flowed out of them – their waters were considered to be breast milk. Here, a milky white stream flows through picturesque native bush.

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Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, 'Whenua – how the land was shaped - A dramatic landscape', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 9 June 2023)

Story by Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, published 12 Jun 2006