Mahuika is the Māori Fire Goddess. In some legends, she is the younger sister of Hine-nui-te-pō, Goddess of Death. It was from her that Māui obtained the secret of making fire. She married Auahi-Turoa and together they had five children, named for the five fingers on the human hand, called collectively Ngā Mānawa. The symbolism of this connection between fingers and fire is revealed in the stories where Māui obtains fire from Mahuika by tricking her into giving him her fingernails, one by…

Mahuika is the Māori Fire Goddess. In some legends, she is the younger sister of…

Te Matua Ngahere "Father of the Forest" is a giant kauri (Agathis australis) coniferous tree in the Waipoua Forest of Northland Region, New Zealand.

Te Matua Ngahere "Father of the Forest" is a giant kauri (Agathis australis) coniferous tree in the Waipoua Forest of Northland Region, New Zealand.

Tane Mahuta, "God of the Forest", largest living Kauri tree in New Zealand -  Waipoua Forest, Northland, New Zealand

Tane Mahuta, "God of the Forest", largest living Kauri tree in New Zealand - Waipoua Forest, Northland

Territorial Claims of Maori Iwi in New Zealand

Map of iwi territories in New Zealand. In Māori culture, "iwi" means "people" or "nation".

New Zealand Maori Pounamu (greenstone) necklace Kete (basket) Harakeke (flax).

New Zealand Maori Pounamu (greenstone) necklace Kete (basket) Harakeke (flax).

Learn the Maori names for all your favourite animals!

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100 (And More) Female Maori First Names lists over 100 Maorie female first names suitable for a Polynesian-themed setting. #RPG

100 (And More) Female Maori First Names lists over 100 Maorie female first names suitable for a Polynesian-themed setting.

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