Māori women traditionally gave birth in specially built shelters.
Part of story: Te whānau tamariki – pregnancy and birth
Among the heroes and heroines of Ngāti Tūwharetoa legend are the beautiful mountains and lakes of the central North Island. New Zealand’s biggest lake, Taupō, lies at the heart of the tribe's homeland.
Part of story: Ngāti Tūwharetoa
According to legend, the people of Te Āti Awa have both mortal and immortal origins.
Part of story: Te Āti Awa of Taranaki
Muriwhenua means ‘this is the end of the land’. The Muriwhenua tribal territory forms the tail of Māui’s fabled fish, including the northernmost tip of New Zealand – Cape Rēinga.
Part of story: Muriwhenua tribes
Rukuhia te ata o te whakairo Rukuhia te ata o te wānanga Rukuhia te ata o te wharekura. Whano, whano, hari mai te toki,
Part of story: Whakairo – Māori carving
Revered fish Polynesians, the ancestors of Māori, thought of sharks as guardian spirits. Many Hawaiian families had an aumakua, or shark protector.
Part of story: Sharks and rays
From 1890 prosperity and a reforming government encouraged a proud New Zealand nationalism that found expression in sport and overseas military achievement, and also in culture.
Part of story: Arts and the nation
Australasians After the advent of the Liberal government, another public event that helped New Zealanders define themselves was the opportunity of federation with Australia. Many of New
Part of story: The New Zealanders
Myths and legends The districts of Te Tau Ihu (the top of the South Island) are rich in traditions. Sometimes these are local variants of generic Māori stories. For example, accounts of
Part of story: Te Tau Ihu tribes
New Zealand ‘legends’
Part of story: Creative and intellectual expatriates
Early ideas about Moriori
Part of story: European ideas about Māori origins
Rongomaiwahine was a woman of very great status, and her descendants are Ngāti Rongomaiwahine.