Story: Whenua – how the land was shaped

Traditions of the mountains (1st of 3)

Traditions of the mountains

This photograph is of Pīhanga, one of the wives of the mountain Tongariro. Along with Ngāuruhoe, Pīhanga was greatly desired by a number of other North Island mountains, leading to a great battle that explains their current location.

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Photograph by Peter Simpson

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Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, 'Whenua – how the land was shaped - Battle of the mountains', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/6730/traditions-of-the-mountains (accessed 19 October 2019)

Story by Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, published 12 Jun 2006