Story: Te Waonui a Tāne – forest mythology

The separation of heaven and earth

This page is from an original manuscript by Te Rangikāheke, a renowned leader and scholar from the Ngāti Rangiwewehi tribe. In it Te Rangikāheke outlines a traditional view of the separation of heaven from earth. This view holds that Tāne was the only one of the children of Papatūānuku (Earth) and Ranginui (Sky) that was able to separate them.

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How to cite this page:

Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, 'Te Waonui a Tāne – forest mythology - Tāne and his forests', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/zoomify/13155/the-separation-of-heaven-and-earth (accessed 16 September 2019)

Story by Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, published 24 Sep 2007