Story: Te ngahere – forest lore

Mauri stone

This mauri stone was found on Moutohorā (Whale Island) in the Bay of Plenty. Māori believed that the life principle or mauri of a forest, tree or waterway could be concentrated into a stone or other object for protection.

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How to cite this page:

Rāwiri Taonui, 'Te ngahere – forest lore - Māori relationship with the forest', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/speech/14063/mauri-stone (accessed 16 June 2019)

Story by Rāwiri Taonui, published 24 Sep 2007