Ka hangaia ano ra, He taonga korero, Hei honore, I nga tupuna e. I create anew, a singing treasure to honour the ancestors.
Tui form the two outstretched wings of Tane. The tui was the guardian of the doorway between the 11th and 12th heavens that held the esoteric knowledge. This doorway was called pumotomoto, this being also the name of the instrument that elders chanted through and played to pass on knowledge. This instrument, too, was often played over the fontanelle of the young, again from one doorway through to another, like the night when the gods sang the world into existence.
From the world of light into the world of music.
Draw or write it in the sky Write it in the earth Write it in the hearts of men All there really is, is love.
Underneath this pou are two kete. 1. Kokowai from Parapara Maunga. 2. Pakohe.
Sacred objects were often placed under the Poutuorongo.
Two manu (profiles) come together to form Tane. The eggs were formed from clay by Punaweko and Hurumanu, and breathed on by Tane who then spoke …’me whakaira tangata’ – give it life. Punaweko is kaitiaki of the land birds and Hurumanu of the sea birds.
These two manu are the sacred manu of Tane.
The people lived on a great landmass. On moving from this area, they came across the sea for the first time. They saw the sea and the sky and wondered if there was a way through the horizon, so they built a waka from feathers and sent it adrift. Many days passed until it finally returned, battered about by a great storm in the ocean. From this the people surmised that there was a passage through between the horizon and the sky. This waka was said to be the Huruhuru and the pattern for the Uruao.