Story: Te ngahere – forest lore

Tōtara tree

The tōtara is associated with strength and grandeur. It is considered the greatest of all the trees in Tāne’s forest.

Listen to Huirangi Waikerepuru from Taranaki and Te Āti Awa tribes explain the proverb, ‘Ka hinga te tōtara o te wao nui o Tāne’ (the mighty tōtara in Tāne’s forest has fallen).

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Rāwiri Taonui, 'Te ngahere – forest lore - The great trees', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 14 June 2024)

Story by Rāwiri Taonui, published 24 Sep 2007