The Māori world view was based on whakapapa (genealogy), which included the natural world as well as the human. This whakapapa shows the family history of various trees, all of whom were children of Tāne, god of the forest, and his sequence of wives. Tāne in turn was one of the children of Ranginui (the sky father) and Papatūānuku (the earth mother), who were the founding parents.
Te whakamahi i tēnei tūemi
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Source: Elsdon Best, Maori religion and mythology. Vol. 2. Wellington: Dominion Museum, 1976, pp. 271-272