Story: Te aitanga pepeke – the insect world

Whakapapa of Haumia

Whakapapa of Haumia

This whakapapa (genealogical chart) shows that Haumia, god of uncultivated food, produced Te Mōnehu (fern spores). From Te Mōnehu came Namu (sandflies), Waeroa (mosquitoes) and Rō (stick insects), as well as Aruhe (fern root).

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Source: David Miller, ‘Insect people.’ Journal of the Polynesian Society 61 (1952): 4

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Bradford Haami, 'Te aitanga pepeke – the insect world - Mosquitoes and sandflies', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 19 April 2024)

Story by Bradford Haami, published 24 Sep 2007