Te Mounga

Taranaki means ‘shining peak’, recalling the legend of a stoush between the volcanoes of the central North Island for the love of Pihanga.

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Tongariro won, and Taranaki fled far to the west where he conceals himself in cloud or broadcasts his shining splendour back to his long-lost love.

The mounga is viewed as an ancestor, and is to be given the legal status of a person as part of a 2017 agreement between the Crown and eight Taranaki iwi. There is one important difference with other geographic features given the same status: the entity has gender—as in the legend, the mountain is a ‘he’.

Episodes From This Location

Cod kingdom

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Science on the reef

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Taking the bar

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Tending the flock

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A bird in the hand

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Season opening

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Fishing for conservation

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Network tech

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Deadwood

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Whitewater life

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Te Mounga

1 minute / 2019