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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