Story: Kōrero taiao

The meanings of mountains

The meanings of mountains

Lofty mountains, such as snow-capped Ruapehu, were often evoked in sayings. One proverb urges, ‘Whāia e koe te iti kahurangi: ki te tuohu koe, me he maunga teitei.’ (Seek the treasure you value most dearly: if you bow your head, let it be to a lofty mountain.)

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Basil Keane, 'Kōrero taiao - Sayings and proverbs from the natural world', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/8891/the-meanings-of-mountains (accessed 30 November 2021)

Story by Basil Keane, published 24 Sep 2007