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).

Sound file from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives Ngā Taonga Kōrero. Any re-use of this audio is a breach of copyright. To request a copy of the recording, contact Sound Archives Ngā Taonga Kōrero (Te Mana Maori programme/Reference number MPT 4709)

Using this item

Natural Sciences Image Library of New Zealand
Reference: Gy0014smt
Photograph by Peter E. Smith

This item has been provided for private study purposes (such as school projects, family and local history research) and any published reproduction (print or electronic) may infringe copyright law. It is the responsibility of the user of any material to obtain clearance from the copyright holder.

All images & media in this story

How to cite this page:

Rāwiri Taonui, 'Te ngahere – forest lore - The great trees', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/speech/14069/totara-tree (accessed 24 September 2020)

Story by Rāwiri Taonui, published 24 Sep 2007