Maori legend has it that some time ago, the high priest Ngatoroirangi was caught in a blizzard while climbing Mount Ngauruhoe. In Hawaiki, his sisters Te Pupu and Te Hoata heard his prayers for help and sent fire to save him from freezing. In the wake of this fire, a path of geothermal fields remain.
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Maori and the natural world
In the traditional Māori view, the natural world forms one family. The weather, animals and plants, sun and moon, environment and resources are all related to each other, and to the people of the land.
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