I call this framed A4 print “MY SWEET” - close to my heart, this story is not written by me. This is a story I’ve grown up with and captures everything and more for me and why I love this beautiful part of NZ. My own story is in the next mountain square thank you for visiting️ Raina and her grandmother are fictitious characters.
Note: This myth below and continued in the comments of this post was abstracted from "The Restless Land - Stories of Tongariro National Park World Heritage Area". Mountains have particular significance for the Maori people, the first inhabitants of New Zealand. Most tribes will name one mountain as having particular significance and that mountain is sacred (or tapu) to the tribe. It is part of the source of the tribe's sense of identity, and their mana, or strength of spirit. The two volcanoes of Tongariro National Park - Ruapehu and Tongariro (including Mt. Ngauruhoe) - hold special significance for the Whanganui people that live in the area.
A Fictional Story - Raina's Journey
As Raina packed the last of her clothing into the new suitcase, she wiped a tear from her cheek. She was leaving home for the first time to study at the University and she was leaving behind all her family and friends. Most of all, she was leaving Grandmother, who had raised her and taught her all that was most important in her life. Grandmother gave her a long hug and said, "You grew up in the shadow of our beautiful North Island mountains Ruapehu, Tongariro, and Ngauruhoe. You know that our mana, our identity, is strong. It does not matter where you go, you take our mana with you." "Yes, I know," replied Raina. "But I will miss you Grandmother!" "Sit down," Grandmother said, "and I will tell you the story of how the mountains came to be."
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