Maori StoriesSouthwest Maori Stories
Legends, stories and legends of Maori people
Studying to be in New Zealand influenced their minds and faith until they became Te Maori, a breed that differed significantly from other Polynesian civilizations. Kupe is named Maori Mouth Story as the first discoverer of New Zealand. Ngahue, captain of two seaworthy Vaka (canoes), Matahorua and Tawiri-rangi, and he and his companions went from Hawaiki to the southward direction to see what was beyond the skyline.
At first sight a large landmass was formed by a large clouds in the faraway area. It was called "aotearoa" ("One clouds, one clouds! One long clouds!"), and so the country was called Aotearoa-'land of the long clouds'. On their circumnavigation of the North and South Islands of the island of Áotearoa, Kupe and his crews return to Hawaiki with treasure such as conserved meat of Lake Garda and green stone (Pounamu).
To this day, the traditions of verbal storytelling - the recounting of old stories, legend and myth - continue. It also tells the stories that are the foundation of Maori faith, as well as the stories of how Maui picked up the North Island and how the Saddlebird got its name.
New Zealand Culture
The stories are one of our favorite things about M?ori culture in New Zealand. Legendary love stories to the origins of darkness and love, these stories constitute an orally told story of our nation and have been handed down through time. Most of the legend forms the foundation of the Maori faith and shows how the pre-European Maori saw the whole wide underworld.
We have loving reminiscences of our oldest children seated with our oldest when we heard stories about the connections between the worlds of man, nature and spirit. These are three of our favorite Maori legend. Hinemoa and Tutanekai's romance has been written for hundreds of years on the shore of Lake Rotorua.
The Maori myth says that Tutanekai was living on the island of Mokoia in the heart of Lake Rotorua. Here it enchanted the nice and precious Hinemoa, who was living there. As Tutanekai visited the continent with his Vaka (canoe), he encountered Hinemoa face to face and they loved each other. Since then Tutanekai sang Hinemoa with his pipe out of the waters every night.
Hinemoah's men didn't agree with the game, so they hid all the Waka. But that was not to stop Hinemoa - instead she was looking for six large, empty, arid pumpkins as swimmers and chose to go swimming to the isle. Arrived on Mokoia Iceland, Hinemoa tripped over a steaming source to cool off and get warmed up after the long trip.
Tutankai was flying in anger and came to inquire just to find Hinemoa in the heated swimming pools. Have a look at a New Zealand chart - doesn't the North Island look like a fishing island? Appearing in many Maori and Polynesian legend, Maui was the wise, talented half god of the divine family.
One of his most remarkable accomplishments, however, was the North Island of New Zealand. History tells us that Maui's brethren didn't like him very much and chose to abandon him when they went to fish one time. He chatted about them and made a hook out of an old jaw bone before he hid under the bottom boards of his brothers' canoes.
When the boat was far from the water, Maui leaped from under the bottom boards and cast his fishing tackle over the side of the boat. Then Maui felt the grapple touching something and he quickly commented. Maui dragged the deep-sea trout to the ground with the help of his siblings.
Pisces' heads are in the southern part of the islands and their tails are on top. Southern Zealand is known as Te Waka a Maui, or'Maui's Canoe', and Stewart Isle is Te Punga a Maui - Maui's Anchorstone. Then Tane Mahuta and his brethren did all things in heaven and on the ground.
By the time they were done, they had built a shimmering and wonderful universe, but there were no humans to rejoice in it. Today the honey is the Maori's custom. Part of the Tamaki Maori Village adventure is to tell tales of true stories that have been passed down through time.