Tane Mahuta: God of the forest: Waipoua, New Zealand
This magnificent tree is a possibly 2000 year old Kauri, the tallest Kauri in NZ, 51m high and a girth of 13.5m and amazingly there is an even wider tree next door, Te Matua Ngahere. He’s so big I needed two frames to fit!
In Maori mythology Tane the son of Ranginui/the sky father and Papatuanuku /earth mother. He lies on his back and pushes with his strong legs to separate them, until Rangi is high above Papa. Tane then clothes his mother with vegetation. Tanes are children are seen as the birds and trees of the forest.
Yesterday it was 60 years exactly since this hero of a man climbed Mt Everest, a feat combo-ed with his humility firmly establishing him as a face of $5 worthy New Zealand icon.