Story: Papatūānuku – the land

Papatūānuku’s children

Papatūānuku’s children

In Māori tradition, all things are interconnected. This whakapapa (genealogical chart) shows some of the children of Papatūānuku and Ranginui. They were the ancestors of all parts of nature, including people, birds, forests, fish, winds, and water.

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Source: Taania M. Ka’ai and others, eds. Ki te whaiao: an introduction to Maori culture & society. Auckland: Pearson Education, 2004, p. 3

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Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, 'Papatūānuku – the land - Papatūānuku – the earth mother', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/whakapapa/11430/papatuanukus-children (accessed 27 May 2019)

Story by Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, published 24 Sep 2007