Story: Ranginui – the sky

Rona snatched up by the moon

Rona snatched up by the moon

In Māori myth Rona was carrying water in hue (water gourds), when the moon went behind a cloud, causing her to stumble. She cursed the moon, which snatched her up along with the gourds and a tree that she clung to. Māori were able to see her in the features of the moon.

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Reference: 1994 Maori Myths stamp issue

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Rāwiri Taonui, 'Ranginui – the sky - The family of light', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/postage-stamp/7334/rona-snatched-up-by-the-moon (accessed 27 March 2017)

Story by Rāwiri Taonui, published 12 Jun 2006