Polynesian myths

Many Māori myths about the creation and gods of the heavens had their counterparts in Polynesian cultures.

Part of story: Ranginui – the sky

Colonial myth making

Land grants Like promoters of immigration, colonial politicians and governments encouraged New Zealand’s development as primarily a rural society.

Part of story: Rural mythologies

Māori humor - te whakakata

Humour has always been an important part of Māori culture and features in myths, speeches and songs. Many of New Zealand’s best-known comedians, such as Billy T.

Part of story: Māori humor - te whakakata

The meaning of canoe traditions

The canoe (waka in Māori) traditions or stories describe the arrival in New Zealand of Māori ancestors from a place most often called Hawaiki. They also refer to the

Part of story: Canoe traditions

Settling in Australia

In the early 1990s some estimates put the number of people with Māori ancestry living in Australia as high as 80,000. One Māori elder, Graham Anderson, predicted that by 2020

Part of story: Māori overseas

Matariki – Māori New Year

Twinkling in the winter sky just before dawn, Matariki (the Pleiades) signals the Māori New Year. Traditionally, it was a time for remembering the dead, and celebrating new life.

Part of story: Matariki – Māori New Year

Ranginui – the sky

Ranginui, the sky father, was torn away from Papatūānuku, the earth mother, and formed the vault of the heavens.

Part of story: Ranginui – the sky

Into the 2000s

Multimedia art

Part of story: Painting