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Whakapapa is about knowing who you are and where you belong. Through knowing whakapapa, we gain our identity, history and knowledge about where we come from and where we belong. Māori have both a physical and spiritual relationship to wai. It is the source of connection to wai which can be traced back through geneaology or whakapapa. Below is a source of links to information and resources pertaining to Ranginui and Paptūānuku, as the source of life.



Ranginui and Papa Tūā Nuku

Maori Myths, Legends and Contemporary Stories has been written or retold by Wiremu Grace and can be access from TKI Te Kete Ipurangi website

Read about the children of Ranginui and Papatūānuku and other legends including:



The intimate connections Māori have with water

Māori connection with Tangaroa (god of the sea) is deeply spiritual and metaphysical with the sea often considered to be the source and foundation of all life. While Tangaroa is viewed as the source of life, it can also be destructive and the cause of death and havoc. Sadly this is evident in current preventable drowning statistics where Māori are over represented.

With water and the sea figuring prominently from a Māori world view, respect and understanding of Tangaroa and what Tangaroa is capable of, and water safety skills training is paramount for Māori wellbeing and Māori survival in, on and around the water.


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